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Mitchell hospital shuts down birthing center

March 9, 2007

Camilla --  Women in Camilla will have to drive for nearly half an hour to find a hospital to give birth. Mitchell County Hospital, owned by Archbold, shut down its labor and delivery unit last week. 

Hospital administrators say it's just too hard to recruit and keep qualified staff members.  Now, women giving birth will have to go to Thomasville or Albany. 

Eddie Williamson of the Hospital Authority Board says he's disappointed with the decision, but also says there will always be staff on hand in the emergency room prepared to handle an emergency birth.  "We're not happy about it, the hospital authority is not happy at all about it, but you have to be realistic.  Obviously you cannot convince OB's and GYNS to come to small communities."

Patients should call Mitchell County Women's Health Center for information on how to transfer their medical records.  

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