Hospital pauses birthing services
January 5, 2024
Barring an emergency, there will be no New Year's baby at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital this year. The three delivery suites - with private baths and whirlpools, forest views and aromatherapy patches - sit empty.
"We've got a pause on it right now," said Rick Breuer, CEO of the independent nonprofit hospital.
It is not a permanent change at this point, but it was necessary due to low staffing levels, Breuer said of the decision made last summer.
"As much as I hate to blame anything on the pandemic anymore, it's a direct result," he said. "As we lost too many nurses, even more than...