Medically High Risk Newborns

Click to submit a referral onlineMedically High Risk Newborns (MHRN)
(714) 834-8207

Provides comprehensive nursing case management services to medically fragile infants until they are 36 months of age. The goals are to promote optimum growth and development; demonstrated parenting skills of caregivers with infants with special needs, and supportive family dynamics that promote attachment. Funded through a grant from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the program provides continuing growth and development assessment, parental education and assistance in accessing necessary health services for high-risk infants.

Services Include

  • Physical, developmental and nutritional assessments
  • Safety assessments
  • Parent/child interactions
  • Problem identification
  • Health teaching
  • Case management and follow-up
  • Referrals to community resources

Program Description

  • State funded program
  • Eligible high risk infants from birth to 36 months residing in Orange County

High Risk Criteria

  • Graduate of a Bridges Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Born or discharged from a Bridges Hospital
  • Enrollment must take place within 90 days of discharge
  • Be at risk for developmental delays based on one or more of the medical eligibility criteria

The Goals

  • To prevent or minimize developmental disabilities or delays
  • To provide, decrease and coordinate a delivery system to reduce the incidence of infant mortality and the impact of potentially disabling conditions
  • To enhance school readiness
  • Demonstrate parenting skills of caregivers with infants with special needs
  • Supportive family dynamics that promote attachment