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Palos Community Hospital recognized for commitment to lead testing, screening

From Palos Community Hospital

Palos Community Hospital was honored with a certificate of excellence for the continued commitment to lead testing and screening of children in suburban Cook County.

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have bloodlead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter. This new reference level has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they review research that indicates children's

development can be permanently impacted at low blood-lead levels. A simple blood test can identify the children at risk for developmental delays.

By performing blood-lead level screenings and tests, hundreds of children have been identified with elevated levels throughout Cook County. The testing and reporting allows the Cook County Department of Public Health to provide environmental home inspections and nursing case management services to those young children who are affected by lead poisoning.

About the hospital

Palos Community Hospital's ongoing mission is to provide the highest quality health care available. By combining the medical expertise of highly skilled physicians and nurses with state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive approach to treatment, Palos is committed to delivering worldclass medicine in a compassionate and caring environment.

Palos Community Hospital is a 436-bed non-profit health care facility located in Palos Heights. As one of the area's leading hospitals, we have been serving the communities of the Southwest suburbs for 40 years. Our more than 490-affiliate physicians represent more than 40 specialties and subspecialties.