120_blogThursday we celebrated our recent statewide success at reducing the time it takes newborn screening blood spot samples to get to our State Laboratory for testing.  Over the last 8 months, Arizona has improved our blood spot turn-around time to among the best in the country.

Folks from dozens of hospitals came to a celebrate our collective success.  We had a “thank you” ceremony Thursday for the hospitals that met our statewide goal of getting 95% of blood spot samples to the Lab within 72 hours.  Hospitals received a special plaque – so look for it the next time you’re in sitting in a waiting room waiting for someone to have a baby!  Everyone who was at the celebration talked about how important it was and that they were excited to be part of the project.