Through its partnership with The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago, CFI has access to
the most comprehensive and efficient Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Program for
the children of Illinois.
Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis began in Illinois on January 28, 2008. Working with the State of
Illinois, The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago has developed a state of the art newborn screening
service that offers rapid testing, counseling and initiation of care for infants with a positive
newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.
Former Illinois State Rep. David Miller at the
July 14, 2006 Press Conference to Announce
Mandatory Newborn Screening
Newborn sweat test
This premier Cystic Fibrosis Illinois Newborn Screening Service includes:
A 24 hour/7 days a week Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening
Hotline (866-269-1105) to guide pediatricians and families through the Illinois
Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Process and answer any questions.
Quick access to sweat chloride testing at multiple locations, including St. Alexius Medical
Center in Hoffman Estates and Evanston Hospital in Evanston.
Immediate processing of sweat chloride testing so that families can have results and essential
genetic counseling services in a single visit.
While the sweat test is in process, families can meet with a genetic counselor to learn
about the screening and testing process.
Infants who are confirmed to have CF by either genetic analysis or by a positive sweat
test are seen immediately by state designated CF specialist and director of The Cystic
Fibrosis Center of Chicago, Steven Boas, MD for additional counseling services and
initiation of appropriate care.
More About Our 24 Hour CF Newborn Screening Hotline (866-269-1105):
Through an Advocacy Grant which The Cystic Fibrosis Institute has awarded, The Cystic
Fibrosis Center of Chicago is proud to offer a 24/7 Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Hotline (866-269-1105). The hotline will provide
- Immediate and around-the-clock access to Certified Illinois
Newborn Screening Program Experts.
- Expert guidance for referring physicians and families in navigating the
Illinois Newborn Screening Program for Cystic Fibrosis.
- A one-stop place for scheduling appropriate testing for babies with positive
cystic fibrosis newborn screening.
- Around the clock access to a state designated CF expert.