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North Central Bronx Hospital to Reopen Labor and Delivery Unit in Summer

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North Central Bronx Hospital will reopen its labor and delivery unit this summer after staffing issues forced it to close last August.

Officials say the hospital invested $4.5 million to restructure staff and operations and to upgrade patient care areas.

They have already begun to recruit midwives, physician assistants and registered nurses.

The hospital will provide 24-hour access to all aspects of maternity care.

That includes, triage, deliveries, postpartum and newborn services.

"Last week, we received approval from the New York State Department of Health to allow us the necessary time to complete all the steps required for safely restoring maternity and newborn services at North Central Bronx Hospital, with a target of doing so by the end of the summer," said William Walsh, senior vice president of the HHC North Bronx Healthcare Network.

"This is exciting that there's this press conference, that it'll definitively reopen, but we're really in a position of show me the money," said Eileen Markey, who delivered her son at the hospital in 2010. "If I get pregnant this week, should I start coming here or not, because they may or may not open by the end of the summer."

Officials say more than 1,000 births were recorded at the hospital in 2012.

They say the reopening will ease the burden that was placed on nearby hospitals.

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