Lower Bucks to end baby de­liv­ery

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

BRIS­TOL - Af­ter hav­ing eval­uDWHG WKH FOLnLFDO DnG finDnFLDO vi­a­bil­ity of its ob­stet­ric pro­gram fol­low­ing the ex­o­dus of its busiest ob­stet­ri­cal prac­tice, Lower BuFNs HRsSLWDO RI­fiFLDOs sDLG they will be forced to dis­con­tinue de­liv­er­ing ba­bies as early as Dec. 31.

Dur­ing the tran­si­tion, hos­piWDO RI­fiFLDOs sDLG WKHy wLOO EH work­ing closely with ex­pec­tant moth­ers to make sure their de­liv­er­ies are per­formed safely at Lower Bucks Hospi­tal or at other nearby hos­pi­tals. In pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions, sev­eral hos­pi­tals have agreed to ac­com­mo­date the ELUWKs DnG WR wRUN WRwDUG finGing homes for the dis­placed staff PHPEHUs wKR PDy nRW fiOO RSHn po­si­tions at Lower Bucks Hospi­tal.

The former ad­min­is­tra­tion had been con­sid­er­ing clos­ing its ob­stet­ri­cal ser­vice for a num­ber of yHDUs GuH WR LWs nHgDWLvH finDnFLDO im­pact and the ma­jor in­vest­ment it would take to keep the pro­gram com­pet­i­tive. Given the le­gal cli­mate sur­round­ing the de­liv­ery of ba­bies in the Philadel­phia area and the high cost of mal­prac­tice in­surance for both the hospi­tal and the ob­ste­tri­cians, the re­cent loss of de­liv­er­ies as­so­ci­ated with the va­cat­ing ob­stet­ri­cal prac­tice has made it im­pos­si­ble to sus­tain the progUDP, sDLG KRsSLWDO RI­fiFLDOs.

“It is with great re­gret that we have to end such a won­der­ful and long-stand­ing ser­vice,” said Peter Adamo, CKLHI ExHFuWLvH 2IfiFHU. “BuW if we want to save the hos­piWDO DnG SURvLGH fiUsW-FODss FDUH to the com­mu­nity, th­ese sorts of ac­tions are nec­es­sary as we re­build the hospi­tal for long term success.”

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