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Loss of obstetric services forces NY patients elsewhere

by Tannus Quatre PT, MBA | August 4th, 2009 | No responses

For those that think the growing physician shortage is strictly a Medicare issue, think again.

What happens when a young, middle-class mother wants to deliver a baby in Hamilton, NY?  After August 31st, it’ll mean a drive out of the area due to a closure of the OB department at Community Memorial Hospital.

The reason – not enough qualified providers to provide the service.

“It’s certainly a significant loss for the community,” said David Felton, hospital president and chief executive officer. “People will be forced elsewhere to deliver babies, and that’s very unfortunate.”

via Hamilton hospital to close down its obstetric services – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch.

Tannus Quatre PT, MBA
Tannus Quatre is a private practice consultant and principal with Vantage Clinical Solutions, Inc., a nationwide healthcare consulting and management firm located in Bend, OR and Denver, CO. Tannus specializes in the areas of healthcare marketing, strategy, and finance, and can be reached through the Vantage Clinical Solutions website.