Sitka hospital stops baby deliveries

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that the Sitka Community Hospital stopped baby deliveries due to staffing issues.

    The plan was to stop deliveries on April 1 and send those services to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium/Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, which is about two miles away.

    CEO Rob Allen said the hospital does not deliver enough babies to maintain a safe program.   They deliver about 30-40 each year but industry standards call for a team of doctors to deliver at least 100 babies a year to ensure competency.

    The hospital plans to continue pre and post-natal services for the community.

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