Birth centers are endorsed by…
– American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
– American Academy of Pediatrics
– Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine
– American Public Health Association
– American College of Nurse Midwives
– World Health Organization
– The Federal Government through: CMS, DHHS, and AFD, to name a few organizations.
All of these entities state the importance of respecting the right of women to make medically informed decisions about pregnancy care and delivery location. They also state that regardless of where delivery is planned, there should be an established agreement with a facility which has the next level of care, and have policies and procedures in place for timely transport.
Birth and Women’s Center has made ALL changes required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to be compliant. The only thing we have not been able to provide KDHE with is a transfer agreement. Birth and Women’s Center is more than willing to work with St. Francis Health and Stormont-Vail HealthCare to establish policies and procedures for timely and seamless transfer of patients.
We need to move forward on this as quickly as possible to ensure safe care for women and babies. We continue to hope that either St. Francis Health or Stormont-Vail Healthcare will provide us with a letter stating that they will accept our patients in transfer. We want to work with the hospitals to provide safe care for women and babies. So far, neither hospital has been willing to provide such a letter. If we are not able to obtain a transfer agreement with a hospital, we will be forced to close our doors.
Letters can be sent to:
Dr. Thomas Hamilton, Chief Medical Officer
St. Francis Health
1700 SW 7th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Dr. Kent Palmberg, Chief Medical Officer
1500 SW 10th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Any Board of Director at St. Francis Health and/or Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Aly Van Dyke at Topeka Capital Journal
Sara Plake at WIBW
Contact us if you have any questions.
– Megan James-Rogers