Another maternity unit closing in Philadelphia
Citing financial stresses, Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia will stop delivering babies by Nov. 4 and close its maternity unit Nov. 7. Seventy hospital employees will lose their jobs. Since 1997, 15 hospitals in the Philadelphia area have closed their maternity units, with most saying the combination of high malpractice insurance and low insurance reimbursements makes the service a money loser. Maternity care and the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit were losing $2.5 million a year, said Chestnut Hill's CEO.
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