For years, Medicaid patients from the Heart of
The deal also will bring in-house circumcision services back to AdventHealth Ocala, which the hospital's previous operator stopped providing several years ago.
"We have just signed that agreement and are excited about being able to help expecting moms in our community by providing care locally and eliminating the need for them to travel out of the area for labor and delivery. We want to make it easy for them to have access to the best care possible throughout their pregnancy and continue that care when it's time for the baby to be here," said
In the interim, Heart of
"As part of the collaboration we worked out, all babies will be able to get circumcisions at the hospital before they leave," he said.
AdventHealth took over the lease of the hospital last August from
"This procedure was not offered prior to AdventHealth acquiring the hospital. However, we have plans for our medical teams to provide circumcision at AdventHealth Ocala within the next several weeks," Hoenes-Ahearn said.
AdventHealth Ocala is the only hospital in
Ulmer said the lack of access to circumcision for local Medicaid patients was an overlooked health care disparity.
"No one is saying your baby has to have a circumcision, but having the choice is first and foremost. How can you make a decision if you don't even have a choice?" he said.
A majority of baby boys, about 77 percent, in
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