BRAWLEY â€“ It was reported by a local newspaper that babies were â€˜switched at birthâ€™ at Pioneers Memorial Hospital (PMH).
A newborn baby was mistakenly taken from the nursery to the wrong room.
The mistake was discovered and rectified that same evening.
â€œIt is a standard of practice here at PMH that we verify name and birth date,â€ said Larry Lewis, CEO of Pioneers. â€œAll babies have ankle or wristbands at all times to verify who they are. The nurses are to match these bands with the mother when they enter a room.â€
According to Mr. Lewis, this was the first time this had happened at PMH.
â€œWe certainly donâ€™t like to see anything like that to happen and we have apologized,â€ said Lewis. â€œOur policies were right, our procedures were right. It was an error and we fixed it. No babies were switched and taken from the hospital.â€
One of the parents was upset and called the police. The police advised that this is a civil issue.
â€œEach of our employees is very dedicated,â€ said Lewis. â€œThis is simply a case of human error.â€
Approximately 1,800 babies are born at Pioneers every year.