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White Couple Says No Blacks Can Help Deliver its Baby -- the Hospital Complies

Posted October 3, 2003 – Black employees of a Philadelphia-area hospital were
barred from a White patient's room by supervisors after her husband insisted
that only Whites assist with the delivery of her baby.

Supervisors said that they ordered Black staff to comply with the man's
demands only to avoid a conflict between him and hospital staff, but they
acknowledged that their directive violated Abington Memorial Hospital's own
policy.

"The whole incident has greatly upset many of our employees who … perceived
that we were acquiescing to the family's wishes," said Meg McGoldrick, vice
president of the hospital. "We were wrong. We should have followed our policy."

Abington Memorial's president, Richard L. Jones Jr., sent a memo apologizing
to staff and reiterating the hospital's misstep.

Many employees, including doctors, nurses and service providers, saying they
were offended by the decision, complained to the NAACP. No formal complaint
was filed with the organization, however.

"I don't see why and how a hospital could justify accommodating a request
that the professionals attending to a patient be of a particular background,"
Barr Morrison, director of the Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League, told The
Philadelphia Inquirer. "Certainly, it's demoralizing for the people who work
there."

Hospital security said it kept a close eye on the man and his wife to ensure
that no violence occurred.

The man's wife had been admitted to the hospital during the week of September
7 and remained in the hospital for a few days.

In addition to the memo of apology, hospital officials said they held
meetings, formalized plans on how to handle similar situations and strengthened
the
anti-discrimination policy.

Do you think the hospital would have issued the same directive if it had been
a Black requesting that no Whites be allowed in the room?

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Was it just the husband who objected or did the wife object as well ?
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Was it just the husband who objected or did the wife object as well ?

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According to the Philidelphia Inquirer, it was the father:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/n...al/6928671.htm

The hospital's posted an appology on its website:
http://www.amh.org/frontpage/AMHOpenLtr.pdf

Have to admit - I thought (hoped) that this was an urban legend at first.

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http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradent...printstory.jsp

Why a Philadelphia hospital gave in to a racist demand
Supervisors said they sought only to avoid a confrontation.
By OLIVER PRICHARD
Philadelphia Inquirer

For several days in early September, supervisors at Abington Memorial Hospital told African American employees to stay out of a patient's room after a man ordered that no blacks assist in the delivery of his child.

Despite a hospital policy stating that "care will be provided on a nondiscriminatory basis," maternity ward staffers accommodated the man's wishes.

The decision offended many employees and prompted hospital president Richard L. Jones Jr. to issue a statement calling the situation "morally reprehensible."

Hospital vice president Meg McGoldrick said the problems began when a pregnant woman's husband insisted that only white employees could enter his wife's room.

"The staff informed our African American employees that there was a volatile situation, and they suggested that they not interact with the family," she said. "In some cases, they actually told employees that they probably ought not to go into the room."

The supervisors had good intentions and sought only to avoid a confrontation between the man, who was white, and hospital staff, McGoldrick said. Doctors, nurses and service employees were among those affected by the decision.

"The whole incident has greatly upset many of our employees who... perceived that we were acquiescing to the family's wishes," McGoldrick said in an interview. "We were wrong. We should have followed our policy."

Citing patient privacy law, hospital officials said they could not release information about the man or his wife, or details of her medical treatment.

She was admitted the week of Sept. 7. McGoldrick would say only that the couple, accompanied by their young child, were at the hospital "several days."

The man did not threaten violence and police were not called, although hospital security monitored the situation closely, McGoldrick said.

NAACP is notified

The Philadelphia office of the NAACP received calls about the incident, but no one filed a formal complaint. J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia NAACP, was not available for comment.

Efforts to reach staffers from the hospital's maternity section were unsuccessful.

Abington is a 508-bed hospital that serves patients from Montgomery and Bucks Counties and Philadelphia. Following the breach of policy, hospital administrators have taken several steps, including:

Personally apologizing to staffers who were told not to enter the patient's room.

Sending a letter on Sept. 16 to all employees and volunteers, in which Jones promised to "better address unconscionable circumstances like this."

Holding staff meetings and forming a "diversity task force" of hospital employees to develop a plan for similar problems in the future.

Hiring consultants to help managers handle sensitive cultural issues.

Revising the hospital's antidiscrimination policy to immediately notify high-level administrators when such problems occur.

'Inexcusable' decision

Despite those efforts, the decision to restrict black employees from fully performing their work for several days was "inexcusable," said Barry Morrison, director of the Anti-Defamation League's regional office in Philadelphia.

"I don't see why and how a hospital could justify accommodating a request that the professionals attending to a patient be of a particular background," Morrison said. "Certainly, it's demoralizing for the people who work there."

Carol Bayley, a medical ethicist for Catholic Health Care West, a San Francisco-based network of 41 hospitals, said Abington Hospital had failed its responsibilities to employees and the community while accommodating someone's racial preference.

"This was a fundamental disrespect of these professionals' skills and their fundamental dignities," Bayley said. "Hospitals are public citizens, and like any other big institution, they have to stand for integrity. A hospital needs to stand against this undercurrent of racism in our society."
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According to the Philidelphia Inquirer, it was the father:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/n...al/6928671.htm

The hospital's posted an appology on its website:
http://www.amh.org/frontpage/AMHOpenLtr.pdf

Have to admit - I thought (hoped) that this was an urban legend at first.
griffin, you beat me to it and with even better sources.

and, yes, i was hoping it was one of those internet hoaxes as well.
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Honestly, I don't like that, but I can understand that.

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The father should have been banned from the hospital.

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ys, you can understand the man's actions, the hospital's or both?
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