One employee suspended from Meriter as police investigate injured baby incident
MADISON, Wis. — One employee has been suspended in connection with the investigation into unexplained injuries to at least one baby in a Madison hospital’s newborn intensive care unit, an official said.
In a new statement released Wednesday by the Unity Point Health – Meriter President and CEO Sue Erickson, she assured the community that the hospital will do all they can to ensure this never happens again.
“Words cannot express the shock, concern and disgust we feel about this situation,” said Erickson.
The statement explains that a member of their care team told staff of unexplained injuries to some of the patients in the NICU.
“In working with our care teams and checking the patients’ charts we could not determine cause for the injuries,” said Erickson.
Erickson said the hospital implemented increased security and monitoring and enlisted the support of a child abuse specialist as they conduct an internal investigation. They also shared concerns with the Madison Police Department and Dane County Child Protective Services.
Madison police said Tuesday that Special Victims Unit officers are investigating several unexplained injuries in the Meriter NICU. Hospital employees contacted the police department last week.
Parents who recently had a baby inside the Meriter Newborn Intensive Care Unit told News 3 they are concerned for their child’s safety and want their baby to have an exam.
“Because we must support the police in their ongoing investigation and must maintain the privacy of our patients and families, we are limited in the information we can share,” Erickson said. “We realize this news causes sadness and disappointment for the families and community that depend on us for care; we want you to know we share your feelings.”
Meriter tells me they are “heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients.” #news3
— Keely Arthur (@news3keely) February 13, 2018
No arrests have been made, police said.
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