NICU competition among Ohio hospitals raises concerns

01/20/2012 | Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration)

Western Ohio hospitals are adding NICU beds and services, and the competition for patients has led to concerns about duplication, quality and costs. Kettering Medical Center spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said the hospital wants to give mothers alternatives for high-risk deliveries, but Miami Valley Hospital medical director Dr. Marc Belcastro said studies show NICUs that care for fewer patients have higher mortality rates.

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