• California hospital halts labor and delivery

    Palomar Medical Center Poway (Calif.), part of Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health, will close its labor and delivery unit in June, at least temporarily, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported March 21. 
  • Pennsylvania hospital agrees not to 'medically deport' comatose woman

    A comatose woman will not be sent to the Dominican Republic by the Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest administration, The Morning Call reported March 10.
  • Pediatric care access is worsening: 7 figures to know

    Pediatric care access has been in decline since even before the pandemic. Forty states saw declines in pediatric bed availability prior to 2020, according to CNN, and now compounding factors are exacerbating the issue.
  • Staffing, strict abortion laws lead Idaho hospital to end obstetrics services

    A combination of a loss of pediatricians, changing demographics and some of the strictest abortion laws in the country is forcing Sandpoint, Idaho-based Bonner General Hospital to stop delivering babies, the hospital said in a news release.
  • As birth rates increase, OB-GYN shortage worsens

    Residency matches for the first class of OB-GYN applicants post-Roe v. Wade will soon be announced. Preliminary data from the American Association of Medical Colleges shows that 2023 applications for the specialty have fallen from 2022, according to Roll Call.
  • Connecticut governor proposes expansion of maternity care amid closures

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has proposed a bill to expand birthing care across the state after dozens of maternity health centers nationwide have shut their doors in recent years.
  • Froedtert hospital to end obstetrics care

    The only hospital in Manitowoc, Wis., a city of nearly 35,000 — Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital — will stop all obstetrics care beginning June 1, according to Fox 11 News.
  • How Integris Health boosted advanced care planning documentation

    Around two-thirds of U.S. adults have not documented end-of-life medical care directives, but a new case study has found that Integris Health was successful in boosting documentation by 20 percentage points for patients over 65.
  • 2 urgent cares open to fill gap left by hospital fire

    Brockton, Mass.-based Signature Healthcare, the system that owns a hospital that caught fire in February, opened two urgent care centers to provide outpatient services, radio station WBUR reported March 7.
  • HCA hospital approved to end labor and delivery services after $2.75M settlement

    Rochester, N.H.-based Frisbie Memorial Hospital will be allowed to discontinue labor and delivery services after a $2.75 million settlement agreement, Foster's Daily Democrat reported March 7.
  • Why this hospital is threatening to send a comatose woman back to her home country

    Immigration activists are trying to stop a Pennsylvania hospital from sending a comatose woman back to the Dominican Republic, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported March 5.
  • Mississippi hospital to halt labor, delivery services

    Citing a lack of provider coverage, Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Singing River Health System said it will end obstetric services, which include labor and delivery, at Singing River Gulfport (Miss.), at least temporarily.
  • The patients most hospitals are ill-equipped to help

    Most hospital emergency departments are not well-prepared to care for critically ill children, leading to preventable deaths and poor patient safety, NPR reported March 3.
  • Cleveland Clinic's new employer offering

    Businesses can now offer employees a connection with Cleveland Clinic providers for additional insight into medical records and questions through the Ohio hospital's new program.
  • Hazmat incident shuts down New York ER for hours

    Two people died and multiple first responders and hospital staff in Syracuse, N.Y., were affected by an unknown hazmat substance March 1, Spectrum News 1 reported.
  • Water main break prompts New Jersey hospital to evacuate patients

    A citywide water main break has prompted Hoboken (N.J.) University Medical Center to conduct an evacuation, though the emergency room will remain open for life-threatening issues, the hospital said Feb. 28. 
  • AAP calls for improved pediatric direct hospital admissions

    The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for improving patient safety for children who are directly admitted into a hospital without first receiving care through an emergency department.
  • More rural hospitals closing maternity wards

    Astria Toppenish (Wash.) Hospital is one of many rural hospitals closing labor and delivery care due to costs, creating maternity deserts in areas that need care most, The New York Times reported Feb. 26.
  • Arizona hospital faces hazmat situation

    Northwest Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., faced a "hazmat situation" Feb. 26.
  • Northwell Health's ED discharge program 'game changer' for vulnerable patients

    Emergency department discharge is a critical point in the hospital healthcare process; communication is key in terms of making certain patients fully understand next steps to ensure optimal outcomes, Nancy Kwon, MD, vice chair of emergency medicine at Northwell Health, based in New Hyde Park, N.Y., told Becker's.

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