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Coalition Supports RI DOH’s Call for Public Input on Closing of Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Thursday, March 10, 2016

 

The Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center announced their support of the RI Department of Health notice that it would hold three public meetings next week to hear public comments on Care New England's proposed closure of the Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

“One of the DOH’s stated goals is to identify strategies to address barriers to evidence- based care for the state’s most vulnerable populations and to ensure access to quality maternal and child health services. Closing the obstetrical unit at MHRI – which serves mostly communities of color with multi-layered health disparities and significant barriers to access – is in direct opposition to the RI Department of Health (DOH) Strategic Plan and health equity framework,” said Alana Bibeau, Ph.D., a URI sociologist who has been working with the Coalition.

The unit at Memorial Hospital has served Pawtucket  and Central Falls communities for generations. Bot communities have some of the highest rates of childhood poverty, racial and ethnic health disparities and teen pregnancy rates in the state.

“The model of care at MHRI is qualitatively different than the care provided in other hospitals. Community-based care is an essential component of the Rhode Island Maternity care system, along with larger tertiary care hospitals and access to safe homebirth. It costs less and it results in better outcomes for mothers and babies. Closing the unit at Memorial would create, rather than eliminate, additional barriers to access for the women who are most critically in need of the family-centered care the Birthing Center provides,” said Kaeli Sutton, spokesperson for the Coalition.

The Coalition has also expressed its disappointment in the Care New England leadership for its inability to establish continuity of care for its patients, many of which have been given multiple dates for closure and little knowledge of who will attend their deliveries if the unit closes.

The Coalition to Save Memorial Birthing Center

The Coalition to Save Memorial Birthing Center is a community partnership calling for transparency in the hospital regulatory process, continuity of care for all patients, and the elimination of barriers to access for families in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

 

Related Slideshow: Check Out The Grades: Rhode Island Hospitals Report Card

A recent survey released by The Leapfrog Group assigns a Hospital Safety Score, using the report card system of A to F to each of the hospitals in Rhode Island. These grades are based on expert analysis of injuries, infections and errors that cause harm or death during a hospital stay.

Let's see how each of Rhode Island's hospitals were graded from highest to lowest:

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South County Hospital

Wakefield, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: A

Spring 2013 Grade: A

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Kent County Memorial Hospital

Warwick, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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Memorial Hospital of RI

Pawtucket, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Miriam Hospital

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: B

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Newport Hospital

Newport, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Rhode Island Hospital

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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Roger Williams Medical Center

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: C

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St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: C

Spring 2013 Grade: B

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Landmark Medical Center

Woonsocket, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Women & Infants Hospital of RI

Providence, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

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Westerly Hospital

Westerly, RI

 

Fall 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

Spring 2013 Grade: Not Graded*

 

*Not graded due to lack of publicly available data

 
 

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