D.C. orders hos­pi­tal to sus­pend baby de­liv­er­ies, pre­na­tal care

Cape Breton Post - - World -

WASH­ING­TON — The De­part­ment of Health in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., has or­dered a hos­pi­tal to stop de­liv­er­ing ba­bies and of­fer­ing pre­na­tal care for the next 90 days.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Tues­day that dis­trict of­fi­cials de­clined to say what prompted the sus­pen­sion at United Med­i­cal Cen­ter. But the hos­pi­tal is im­ple­ment­ing a plan to im­prove those ser­vices. Health de­part­ment spokesman Tom Lal­ley said the agency was lim­ited in what it could say about li­cens­ing de­ci­sions. A spokesman for United Med­i­cal Cen­ter did not re­spond to an email and phone call seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion.

The long-trou­bled pub­lic hos­pi­tal in South­east Wash­ing­ton serves some of the city’s poor­est res­i­dents. Other ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal are un­af­fected by the move.

A re­cent De­part­ment of Health re­port sug­gests other hos­pi­tals in the city can ac­com­mo­date ex­pect­ing moth­ers.

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