Legacy Health statement on Oregon Health Authority decision on Mount Hood Family Birth Center
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 — Legacy Health is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. We take any concerns about the quality of care we provide very seriously. The Oregon Health Authority has reviewed Legacy Health’s request for a waiver to close the Family Birth Center at Mount Hood Medical Center. Today, we received their decision to deny our request.
We respect the state’s authority in this decision, and we are carefully reviewing the letter provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Once we have had the opportunity to thoroughly consider the decision and consult with the Oregon Health Authority to determine our next steps, we will provide additional information. In the meantime, the Mount Hood Family Birth Center will remain on divert status due to the lack of adequate physician staffing to provide safe patient care.
Our top priority remains ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients and our staff and physicians. We want to assure the public that we are fully committed to providing the best possible care to our patients.We appreciate the thorough and focused approach the Oregon Health Authority is bringing to this important process, and we look forward to continuing this conversation with them. We are also committed to keeping our patients, staff, physicians, partners and communities informed as we move forward and work to ensure the highest standards of care at Mount Hood Medical Center.