Gnaden Huetten hospital closing mater...

Gnaden Huetten hospital closing maternity unit

There are 4 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 22, 2009, titled Gnaden Huetten hospital closing maternity unit. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Looking to stem financial losses, Blue Mountain Health System announced Tuesday it plans to close the maternity unit at its Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton on June 30, leaving women in Carbon County a drive of up to 30 miles to deliver a baby.

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Disgusted

AOL

#1 Apr 22, 2009
Perhaps if the laws changed and free care was not mandatory for free loaders these facilities could remain open for deserving Americans!
BMH is big joke

AOL

#2 Apr 22, 2009
Hooray!!! Closing the maternity unit is not the only'contraction' BMH is feeling. They pulled out of The Village At Palmerton like thieves in the night, leaving thier partners hanging by their nuggets. If BMH was run by people who knew how to operate a health care network instead of having a Board of Directors made up of 'civic leaders' like lawyers, a newpaper owner,a retired pastor, a banker and other non-medical knuckleheads, maybe they could compete in the real world. The best thing to happen to our elderly is that they pulled out of an assisted living facility. Now, the same can be said about our newborns...best thing that could happen to them, no more BMH caregivers. Now, if we can just get them to close the rest...
Tyler

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Apr 22, 2009
Over 40 maternity units have closed in PA since the current med-mal crisis began in 1999. The primary reasons for closure are fiscal with obscenely high costs of liabilty insurance for both the hospital and obstetricians. In addition there is a critical shortage of obstetricians in PA because of the high cost of med-mal insurance. Medicaid also reimburses less than cost on deliveries. Northeastern Hospital in Phila does 1,800 deliveries per year and they will close their maternity service in June. These closures present many travel hardships for those in labor and may increase the mortality and morbidity in obstetrical emergencies. Someday, someone needs to represent these mothers-to-be in solving this crisis in health care.
Just the Facts

East Stroudsburg, PA

#6 Apr 22, 2009
BMH care is absolutely a joke! When Wells-Springs was in to run things, they did a great job cutting the unbelievable administrative overhead. When they left the hospital was in OK shape. But, the idiots now in charge turn around and hire all new administrative yahoos! Too many chiefs, not enough indians! And they are making the hospital go broke! How's this for a solution... when the nurses in maternity are not taking care of babies, make them perform their nursing skills on other patients instead of paying them to sit there and do nothing!

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