Re: “A new place to care for the premature” (TNT, 6-5).
As a mother who delivered at St. Joseph Medical Center, I was fortunate enough not to need the specialized care that the new unit offers. But your article did little to shine light on this new state-of-the-art department at such a great facility. It was more about the fact the Multicare Health System didn’t get its way than about the life-saving expertise and excellent quality of care that St. Joseph’s neonatal unit has to offer to our community.
The future parents of infants with special needs who choose to deliver at St. Joseph will be beyond thankful for this precious new unit, whether it’s five beds or 100. The bottom line at MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital won’t be financially hurt by the added neonatal unit at St. Joseph.
Shame on The News Tribune for not keeping the petty rivalry out of what should be a very positive story about hope and the future of preemies and special-care infants.