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Released June 25, 2004

INSTITUTE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES, FORREST GENERAL HOSPITAL
RECEIVE GRANT FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

HATTIESBURG -- Dr. Randy Henderson, a neonatologist with Forrest General Hospital, and Terri H. Daniels of the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi received a CATCH grant in January from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The $10,000 grant, "Linking Infants from the NICU to Community Services," was awarded to Forrest General Hospital as the first such grant awarded to a program in Mississippi in the past eight years. The project will address issues related to premature and medically fragile infants who have been hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and require further developmental services after being discharged from the hospital.

Mississippi has the second highest percentage of premature births in the United States - approximately 16.5 percent of all live births in 2002 - and many require hospitalization in the NICU. Infants in the NICU are often hospitalized with life- threatening medical conditions for the first several months of life. These babies are at risk for processing disorders, delays in development, irritability, hyperactivity, disorganization or motor dysfunction. The percentages indicate a large number of children in Mississippi are at risk for delays and may require intervention or therapy after they are discharged from the NICU.

Through the grant, a research study will be completed of Forrest General Hospital NICU graduates who required intervention or therapy services after they transitioned from the hospital to the community. Results from the research will be used to assist leaders in the Hattiesburg community to improve the access to services for this population. Ultimately, the project seeks to provide better services to infants and their families in the Hattiesburg and outlying communities. Staff from the Institute for Disability Studies will assist in project research and activities.

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