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Tahoe Newborn Radon Progrm

Pennsylvania has a program that offers all new mothers a free radon test and information packet when they leave the hospital with their new baby. This gives every newborn baby a chance of growing up in a radon-free home. The plan was started in Pennsylvania over 20 years ago, has over 70 hospitals participating and has a success rate of over 40% (that is over 40% of those given the free test kits actually test their homes. Similar programs have been successfully adopted in other states: Alabama, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Utah all have asked for information on Pennsylvania's program. The Utah Radon Program duplicated Pennsylvania's effort in 2005 and won a statewide public service award for its work.

KRNV Channel 4 Reno newsbrief on Pennsylvania Governor Rendell's promotion of the program. "PA Governor Rendell Taking New Steps to Protect Pennsylvania Families from Radon:"

See below for text of the news story.

Lake Tahoe Newborn Radon Program

Fashioned after the successful Pennsylvania Newborn Radon Program (including logo and even color!), the Lake Tahoe Newborn Radon Program could (if supported by the hospital and community) provide free radon test kit flyers for all parents of newborn babies at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. The green cover, stork image, graphs and text encourage new parents to provide a clean and healthy environment for their new child by first testing their home for radon. Free test kits will be provided through a health grant (so far undesignated). When operational, It is hoped that this first (to our knowledge) radon outreach to new parents in California will be taken over and reproduced by the California State Radon Program, similar to Pennsylvania's successful program.

View our unsuccessful grant request to Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe

View and print our initial attempt at a Tahoe Newborn Radon Brochure.

 

Newborn Radon Program
Gains More Support

Below is the original text of the news story as reported on the web site of KRNV Channel 4 News, Reno, NV January 5, 2006

PA Governor Rendell Taking New Steps to Protect Pennsylvania Families from Radon
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell said today Pennsylvania is taking steps to help more families protect themselves and their children from a leading cause of lung cancer with the expansion of its Newborn Radon Program.

The Governor said 19 new hospitals have agreed to join the 50 hospitals already participating in the program.

"This program can give new parents peace of mind," Governor Rendell said. "The Newborn Radon Program not only teaches parents about radon, it gives them the opportunity to get a free radon testing kit."

"We are getting vital information into the hands of parents so they can take action to protect their families against radon in their home," Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said at a news conference in the maternity center of Harrisburg Hospital, one of the 19 new participants. "Radon test kits typically cost about $25, but by giving new parents the opportunity to get free test kits, more Pennsylvanians will test their homes and take action to reduce radon levels, if needed, to keep their families safe."
DEP's Radon Division has been working with hospitals throughout the state to implement the Newborn Radon Program for the past 12 years. Participating hospitals provide a radon booklet, which contains a certificate for a free radon test kit, as part of the information new parents receive before they leave the hospital. Of those families that have submitted the free test kit certificate, 39 percent have returned the kits to determine radon levels in their homes.

"PinnacleHealth is pleased and proud to participate in Pennsylvania's Newborn Radon Program," said Cheryl Key, vice president of nursing professional development and practice at PinnacleHealth System, which owns Harrisburg Hospital. "By providing this important safety information to new parents, we foster an awareness of this issue and help educate adults to keep their families healthy and safe."

DEP launched an outreach initiative last fall to get more hospitals involved in the program and enhance the state's national leadership on radon protection. Alabama, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Utah all have asked for information on Pennsylvania's program. The Utah Radon Program duplicated Pennsylvania's effort last year and won a statewide public service award for its work.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium. High levels of radon have been found in homes throughout Pennsylvania, and the only way to know the level in your home is to test. Testing is recommended to be done during colder months, when homes are closed and radon concentrations tend to be at their highest.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates approximately 22,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer caused by exposure to high levels of radon, second only to cigarette smoking-related lung cancer deaths.

"The Newborn Radon Program has more people testing their homes for radon," McGinty said. "That means more people are taking action to reduce high radon levels, and that saves lives."

Pennsylvania law requires anyone who tests or performs remediation work on a home other than the home in which they live must be certified by DEP.

Residents who don't qualify for the Newborn Radon Program can buy test kits in stores.
For more information on radon and a list of certified testers and remediators, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us, or call 1-800-23 RADON.

The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the 69 hospitals participating in the Newborn Radon Program. The asterisk (*) indicates the 19 hospitals that joined the program this year.
Participating hospitals in Pennsylvania

ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Allegheny General Hospital
Magee-Women's Hospital
* Ohio Valley General Hospital
West Penn Hospital
* Western Pennsylvania Hospital Forbes Region Campus

ARMSTRONG COUNTY
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital

BEAVER COUNTY
The Medical Center--Heritage Valley Beaver

BEDFORD COUNTY
UPMC Bedford Memorial

BERKS COUNTY
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center

BLAIR COUNTY
Altoona Hospital
Bon Secours Holy Family Hospital
Nason Hospital
Tyrone Hospital

BRADFORD COUNTY
Memorial Hospital, Inc., Towanda
Robert Packer Hospital

BUCKS COUNTY
* Doylestown Hospital
* St. Mary Medical Center

BUTLER COUNTY
Butler Memorial Hospital

CARBON COUNTY
Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital

CHESTER COUNTY
* Chester County Hospital
* Jennersville Regional Hospital

CLARION COUNTY
Clarion Hospital

CLEARFIELD COUNTY
Clearfield Hospital
DuBois Regional Medical Center

CLINTON COUNTY
Lock Haven Hospital

COLUMBIA COUNTY
Berwick Hospital
Bloomsburg Hospital

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
* Carlisle Regional Medical Center
* Holy Spirit Hospital

DAUPHIN COUNTY
* Harrisburg Hospital

DELAWARE COUNTY
Riddle Memorial Hospital

FRANKLIN COUNTY
* Chambersburg Hospital
Waynesboro Hospital

HUNTINGDON COUNTY
Blair Memorial Hospital

INDIANA COUNTY
Indiana Regional Medical Center

LACKAWANNA COUNTY
Community Medical Center
Mercy Hospital

LANCASTER COUNTY
* Ephrata Community Hospital

LAWRENCE COUNTY
Jamison Memorial Hospital

LEBANON COUNTY
* Good Samaritan Hospital

LUZERNE COUNTY
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Hazelton General Hospital
Hazelton-St. Joseph Hospital
Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre
Nesbitt Memorial
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

LYCOMING COUNTY
* Susquehanna Health System - The Birthplace
Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center

MIFFLIN COUNTY
Lewistown Hospital

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
* Montgomery Hospital Medical Center
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center
Pottstown Hospital

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
* CHB Easton Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital--Bethlehem

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Sunbury Community Hospital

SOMERSET COUNTY
* Somerset Hospital

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY
Barnes-Kasson County Hospital

TIOGA COUNTY
* Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital

UNION COUNTY
* Evangelical Community Hospital

VENANGO COUNTY
Northwest Medical Center

WESTMORELAND COUNTY
H.C. Frick Memorial Hospital
Jeannette District Memorial Hospital
Latrobe Area Hospital
* Westmoreland Hospital/Excela Medical

WYOMING COUNTY
Tyler Memorial Hospital

YORK COUNTY
Hanover General Hospital
York Hospital
Memorial Hospital
CONTACT: Kate Philips, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116, or Ron Ruman (DEP), +1-717-787-1323.
CONTACT: Kate Philips, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116, or Ron Ruman (DEP), +1-717-787-1323
Web site: http://www.state.pa.us/ http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/ http://www.governor.state.pa.us/
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