There were many reasons that Sitka Community Hospital closed its obstetrics program in 2009, and a number of factors and people involved in its re-opening two years later. In part two of our series on the importance of obstetrics in rural medicine, we talk with a physician whose commitment to a full-spectrum family practice has made a big difference to Sitka’s local hospital.
Sitka Community Hospital -- like most hospitals -- delivers babies. But that hasn’t always been the case. For about two years, from 2009 to 2011, a lack of properly qualified physicians caused a shutdown of its obstetrics program. In the first part of a two-part series, KCAW looks at how the return of obstetrics has made a difference for expectant moms.