Delivery service dialed back

Article Date: Jul 19, 2013

Kristen Karl has nothing against the Bellevue Medical Center or Papillion's Midlands Hospital.

Two of the Bellevue resident’s four kids have been treated in both hospi­tals’ emergency rooms. Her father-in-law has had surgery at Midlands. Her sister had a baby at the Bellevue hospital.

But a month ago Wednes­day, Karl delivered her youngest son, Daniel, at Oma­ha’s Bergan Mercy Medical Center. She delivered 4-year ­old Kaelin at Bergan, too.

Karl is among the many Sarpy County residents who drive past the hospitals in their own county to deliver babies in Douglas County. The practice is one of the factors that has led officials in the Alegent Creighton Health system to decide it will close Midlands’ inpatient obstetrics unit sometime this fall. Obstetrics units will remain at Bergan Mercy and the system’s four other metro area hospitals.

Consumers can expect to see more hospital systems weighing which services to offer at which locations as they try to curb expenses and become more efficient in the face of reduced reim­bursements from the federal government.

Read the full story on Omaha.com.


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