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Monday, July 2, 2007

On the blogs: Concern for Caritas, medicine and motherhood

On A Healthy Blog, Rachel Siemons and James Madden of Health Care For All, and Mary Cyriac, of Health Law Advocates, lament the collapse of the deal for Ascension Health to take over the six Caritas Christi hospitals. Both Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates worked with people in each of the six hospital communities: Holy Family in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s in Brighton, Caritas Carney in Dorchester, Norwood Hospital, Good Samaritan in Brockton and St. Anne’s in Fall River.

"We were surprised by the news and disappointed. Ascension Health, with its reputation for financial stability and quality care, could have done great things for all six hospitals," they write. "These six hospitals are important institutions that provide critical services to their communities. They are in trouble. We are worried for the communities that rely on them."

On Dr. Gwenn Is In, Boston-area pediatrician Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe reacts to Carey Goldberg's recent story in the Globe about medical resident Sophie Currier. The group administering a day of medical boards testing would not allow her breaks to breast-feed her daughter.

"I wasn't surprised because I lived it," writes O'Keeffe, who was taken to task for seeking assistance when pregnant. "I recall being called to my residency director's office as a junior resident and 7 months pregnant for asking for a stool at 3 a.m. to sit down during a procedure in the neonatal ICU."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:18 AM
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