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Nashville Hospital to Stop Delivering Babies

August 20, 2008

As a report in today’s Tennessean reveals, Southern Hills Medical Center, a Nashville, TN hospital, will no longer deliver babies after the end of this month.

The paper explains:

Southern Hills Medical Center says it will stop delivering babies at the end of this month after a group of doctors who handled the service resigned. After Sept. 1, the four-physician Genesis Women’s Care plans to consolidate its practice to deliver only at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna.

The hospital currently handles about 600 deliveries per year, and as is noted in the piece, “The hospital is in an area off Nolensville Pike with a diverse population, including a large number of Hispanic residents.” The article does not provide any information on whether this description plays a role in the discontinuation of services, although it suggests that many those who would have delivered at Southern Hills may wind up at Nashville’s public hospital.

We’ll stand by for speculation that the population and their ability to pay is responsible for the move, absent any actual reporting from the Tennessean on how many of those 600 deliveries really typically represented “Hispanic residents” or were patients with a lack of insurance or ability to pay. The piece also does not explain why those doctors resigned in the first place.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Sheila permalink
    August 20, 2008 9:03 am

    Jeesh, nor does the article mention that women in Nashville have just lost another facility that offers tubal ligations. Rachel, MergerWatch would be happy to talk to women’s health advocates in Nashville to get a sense of how limited these services are in the area now and how to address the problem.

    Sheila

  2. August 20, 2008 9:05 am

    Sheila, no kidding. I’m going to send you an email shortly.

  3. August 20, 2008 10:32 am

    Oh, that’s sad. My youngest son was born there.

  4. August 20, 2008 10:54 am

    I saw that article, and nowhere does it try to explain why the GWC physicians quit or why the hospital can’t/won’t replace them. Typical Tennessean non-reporting, but what’s up?

  5. August 20, 2008 11:24 am

    nm, exactly – it explains nothing about what actually happened, and just leaves readers to draw their own conclusions. That’s all I know about it at the moment…

  6. August 20, 2008 12:10 pm

    I don’t expect you to know everything about everything, really. I just thought you might have been familiar with this situation.

  7. August 20, 2008 12:35 pm

    nm, no worries, I assumed that’s what you meant.🙂

  8. August 20, 2008 2:31 pm

    According to the article, Southern Hills MC is part of HCA, inc. You know the Frist-family! HCA has a history of dumping the poor to increase profits. Read it at my pad.

  9. August 20, 2008 7:27 pm

    Thanks, Archcrone.

  10. MomTFH permalink
    August 21, 2008 6:07 am

    Sigh.

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