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.