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PeaceHealth spends $62,000 on trip; closes Prenatal Clinic

Postby Webmaster » February 25th, 2005, 2:59 pm

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PeaceHealth spends $62,000 on Japan trip; closes Prenatal Clinic

The recent closing of a clinic for low-income pregnant women in Eugene highlights ongoing tensions between physicians and midwives.

In early July, PeaceHealth, which operates Sacred Heart Medical Center, closed the Prenatal Clinic, a small, two-storey facility that, since 1987, had offered prenatal and postpartum care to low-income, largely Hispanic women in a homey setting. The services are now located in a traditional clinic near the hospital's main medical campus. PeaceHealth also eliminated two full-time midwives. Hospital officials said the decision was economic.

"We moved to a clinic that has a broader range of services," said Beverly Mayhew, regional director of public affairs. "It was more cost-efficient to consolidate services instead of having them divided."

In September four high-ranking PeaceHealth officials, including Chief Executive Officer Curt Roberts and Chief Operating Officer Alan Yordy, travel to Japan, at a cost of $62,000, to participate in training and corporate improvement programs. . .
Mayhew said [the trip] is "entirely unrelated" to the budgetary decision to close the Prenatal Clinic.
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