State probes baby death at Northampton hospital

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- State public health officials are investigating following the death of an infant at a Northampton hospital.

The president of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s medical staff Thursday called the death at its Childbirth Center unusual and pledged to take "very seriously" the findings and recommendations of state Public Health Department investigators.

The hospital said the death may have been the result of "fragmented communication" among staff in the decision-making process during childbirth. The date of the death was not disclosed.

According to a three-page letter to staff, investigators with the Public Health Department were at the hospital recently to conduct a multi-day review of the death, referred to in the statement as a stillbirth.

The agency confirmed to The Daily Hampshire Gazette that it was investigating the death but did not provide details.


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