‘Deficiencies’ reviewed in Cooley Dickinson death
NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that it is working with Cooley Dickinson Hospital to correct “deficiencies” the state agency identified during a recent investigation of the death of an infant at its Childbirth Center.
The hospital announced earlier this month that the infant’s death may have been the result of “fragmented communication” among staff in the decision-making process during childbirth.
Neither the state agency nor the hospital have released more specific information about what led to the death, which was referred to in an earlier statement as a stillbirth
“The Department of Public Health has investigated the incidents at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and taken the first steps toward corrective action based on findings of deficiencies at the hospital,” Anne Roach, a DPH spokeswoman, wrote to the Gazette. “Following standard procedures for serious deficiencies, the hospital must be given the opportunity to respond to the DPH report and submit a plan for correction of these issues to the department for review.”
The hospital was required to report the death to state regulators. The state Department of Public Health then conducted a multi-day review of the death at the hospital. Hospital officials said they also conducted their own investigation have taken several steps to improve quality and safety systems with the help of outside experts.
CDH said Monday that it has received the results of DPH’s review of the hospital’s Childbirth Center and noted that the state agency acts on behalf of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“The CMS process requires us to provide in response a concrete plan to address each issue, concern or deficiency identified,” a statement from the hospital read. “We anticipate completing this process by the required deadline and will make the final report and our plan available after CMS has accepted and approved our action plan.”
The state declined to release the report of its findings until it reviews the hospital’s plans for corrective action.