Bonner General Health votes to end obstetrics services
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho – In a Facebook post, Bonner General Health (BGH) announced that it would stop providing obstetrical services.
BGH cited a loss of pediatric coverage, changing demographic volumes, and Idaho’s legal and political climate as the primary reasons for the decision.
According to BGH, without pediatric coverage to manage perinatal neonatal resuscitation care, it would be dangerous and unethical to offer routine labor and delivery services. In addition, the number of births at BGH continued to decline each year. BGH delivered 265 babies in 2022 and admitted less than ten pediatric patients for other reasons.
Finally, respected and talented physicians are leaving BGH due to the Idaho Legislature passing bills that “criminalize physicians for medical care nationally recognized as the standard of care.”
Ultimately, BGH said patient safety is central to this decision.
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