Obstetrics and newborn services suspended at SE DC hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The D.C. Department of Health (DOH) has restricted the license of United Medical Center (UMC) in Southeast, D.C.

A DOH spokesperson said in a statement that UMC's license "for obstetric and the accompanying newborn nursery services" has been restricted and "will remain in place for 90 days or until the hospital implements its plan for obstetrics and nursery services".

The statement added all other medical services will remain open.

In a statement released Wednesday, a UMC spokesperson said the hospital was cited for deficiencies that "include three separate cases involving deficiencies in screening, clinical assessment and delivery protocols". It added that they could not provide more specific details because of privacy regulations.

Statement from United Medical Center regarding license suspension.

Ward 7 councilmember and chair of the council's health committee Vincent Gray said in a statement that the suspension "raises questions of health equity" and added he planned to hold a public hearing on September 22.