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Mount Sinai Hospital Helps Launch Fetal Alert Network

March 8, 2005 - On March 8, hospitals in Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa and Toronto announced the creation of the Fetal Alert Network, a new provincial program designed to improve health care for pregnant
women and their unborn babies with birth defects.

The Fetal Alert Network ( is a joint initiative of The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and Mount Sinai Hospital. Regional partners include Hamilton Health Sciences, Kingston General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London and The Ottawa Hospital.

The project has been funded by the Government of Ontario through the Primary Health Care Transition Fund, which is providing $1.87 million over two years. The network’s goal is to provide co-ordinated access to the best prenatal care for all women whose babies have confirmed or suspected birth defects, regardless of where they live. To help ensure women get the right care at the right time, the Network is also developing a database to track birth defects and results and to monitor the system’s performance.

For more information, please contact:

Mount Sinai Hospital
Kathy Pyatt