On June 11, 2017 at 7:00 a.m., the Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center closed its Center for Labor and Birth (L&B), and they did not have New York State’s permission to do so.
To avoid having ambulances bring women in labor to the hospital, the hospital’s administrative staff must call the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system daily and confirm that Beth Israel is on diversion for L&B. According to the New York State Department of Health website, the hospital must request that ambulances divert patients to an alternate hospital facility. (Such requests may be honored by EMS providers.)
Mount Sinai has lied to its employees, the community, and now the state. If Mount Sinai will discontinue medical services, it must go through the proper channels and give advance notice to the state and local governmental agencies, as well as to non-governmental organizations such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Mount Sinai has an obligation to deliver quality care during this transition to full closure.