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Cooley Dickinson to revamp Childbirth Center following 3 deaths

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Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital has announced a complete reorganization of the Childbirth Center after a Department of Public Health survey indicated the deaths of two babies and a mother occurred because of inadequacies at the hospital.

Most recently an infant died March 13, which triggered an investigation that identified numerous processes that could be improved within the Childbirth Center to avoid further tragedies.

"We want to express our deepest sympathies to the families involved," said Dr. Mark Novotny, Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer. "I have personally reached out to all of the families. Nothing we could possibly say can make up for their losses."

Cooley Dickinson's President and CEO Joanne Marqusee identified ways that the hospital will reorganize the department.

Some of the changes include three temporary physicians and a new obstetrician to replace providers that resigned. The department will also hold two daily "safety huddles" to assure coordination of care.

"As Cooley Dickinson's new CEO, I can assure you that I have been working since my arrival on March 31 with my team here at Cooley Dickinson and our partners at Massachusetts General Hospital to make this unit one of the best places for mothers and babies in Massachusetts," Marqusee said.

On-call shifts are being limited in an effort to prevent work fatigue. Additional training and education is also a part of the revamp process.

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