The Campaign to Save the North Shore Birth Center

Letter-Writing Campaign

Everyone who supports this cause can write a letter in support of the North Shore Birth Center! Explain that although birth center births a don’t fit with the unified model of health care, you believe women should have a range of options to select from. These options should reflect women’s needs and interests–not corporate policies.  *** Ask Husbands/Partners to write their letters too!  We need more letters from men!***

In writing your letters, please remember: The Board members are not the enemy.  They are in a position to make a decision on the future of the North Shore Birth Center because of a proposal that was brought TO them.

Send your letter to:

Northeast Health Corporation’s Board of Trustees
c/o Mary Ellen Lear, Secretary
Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Be sure to CC your letter to the North Shore Birth Center.  Send them a copy at:

North Shore Birth Center
Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA 01915

And email copies of your letters to the Campaign to Save the North Shore Birth Center at:

SaveTheNorthShoreBirthCenter AT gmail DOT com 

You can also send copies of your letter or separate appeals to the individual members of the Board of Trustees – the people who will actually meet on November 18.  Do you know any of the Board members?  Are they neighbors, friends, colleagues?  Personal connections are key.  Even if you don’t know the Board members personally, they need to hear your positive stories!  Let them know the community is passionately concerned and there is huge community support for keeping the NSBC open!

The members of the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Hospital Corporation are:

NANCY PALMER (Chairman of the Board)
9 Buttonwood Lane
Danvers, MA 01923

GEORGE BURKE
7 Ray Street
Beverly, MA 01915

CHARLES FAVAZZO
Miller & Favazzo
27 Congress Street
Salem, MA 01970

JOSEPH HALEY
75 Paine Avenue
Prides Crossing, MA 01965

ROBERT RIVES, Esquire
Burns & Levinson LLP
125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110

DAVID ST. LAURENT
1 Virginia Place
Wenham, MA 01984

MICHAEL C. SHEA, Esquire
Pino & Shea
46 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

If you happen to know any of them, or know anyone who knows them, please try to reach out to them to explain our perspective!

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7 Responses to "Letter-Writing Campaign"

Greetings CSNSBC,

Just heard about your effort and wanted to show support. I applaud your efforts to maintain options for women! Just let us know if out-of-towners can help.

Russ Fawcett
Legislative Chair, NC Friends of Midwives

Stacy writes:

A small group of us are getting together to write our letters. My hope is it will be motivating and inspirational. The North Shore Birth Center has touched all our lives. The midwives need us. Please join us!

WHEN: Sunday November 9th at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: the Parish House adjoining the Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville. 1120 Washington St. in Gloucester.

INFO: Please e-mail me with questions, concerns and/or suggestions. salstacy AT hotmail DOT com

Whew!
I find it hard to believe that a proven track record of Birthing for all these years needs to be reconsidered!
It is absurd to imagine.
I was a CNM in Beverly for years and did deliveries at the Hospital only (Liberty Tree Midwives), but appreciated the Midwives dedication at the Fabulous Birth Center.
Woman deserve a choice!!!!!
AHHHHHHH!!!!!
This does not need to be reconsidered, from my perspective.
Cricket Hanna, CNM

The births I attended as a Nurse Midwife Student under the guidance of the SUPERB Midwives at the Birth Center,helped to shape the Midwife I am now, I cherished the memories of every birth and it helps me to continue to support women and their choices now that I work at a High risk setting.
We must do everything possible to help NSBC to remain helping women/ families at this important rite of passage.
Women need to have a choice of attendings and setting for their birth, it is our right!

Hi Cecilia,

David Metcalf here. Trying to get in touch with Kirk. Please have him contact me at metcalf at digital dot net. Hope you are well.

I was also a student nurse-midwife at North Shore Birth Center and was profoundly shaped by the amazingly competent, compassionate midwives there. Since then, I have cared for women in Haiti, Afghanistan, and Connecticut and those women too have benefitted from the wisdom and experience I gained while in Beverly. NSBC provides an invaluable serivce for the women it serves–and has a wider impact through those midwifery students like me are fortunate enough to be trained there. Women deserve to have a full range of safe, supportive options for bringing their babies into the world. NSBC needs to stay open!

GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 2, 2011
Letter: Now’s the time to demand a role for AGH

To the editor:

We cannot live without Addison Gilbert Hospital. Yet, without a fight by every one of us, that’s where we’re headed.

We’ve lost 70 percent of our staffed beds, 75 percent of our nurses. AGH patients are shipped to Beverly like cargo. Ambulances are diverted to Beverly without even stopping at AGH. Surgery has all but disappeared.

Now even our Emergency Room is threatened. To accept patients transported through the 911 system, our ER needs 8 services in the building, including 24/7 emergency surgery, ICU, and medical/surgical beds.

Not only do Northeast Trustees refuse to guarantee the 8 services in writing, they are speeding to the conclusion of a deal to merge or sell everything to a larger corporation.

The need for AGH is undeniable:

The Gloucester Fire Department alone does 4,000 ambulance runs each year.

There are 12,000 visits each year to our Addison Gilbert ER, more than half of them between 3 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Every year, more than 10,500 Gloucester residents and 1,300 Rockport residents are hospitalized.

We have a higher proportion of people over 65, who use hospitals 2 ¬ times more than others.

Ten percent of Gloucester residents have no car.

The Cut Bridge and Route 128 are regularly obstructed.

Beach traffic and geography prolong drive time to AGH.

Every remaining Massachusetts hospital bed has been declared “essential” by the state’s Department of Public Health.

Northeast has plenty of money — much of it ours. AGH is not a financial drain on Northeast. In fact, the opposite is true.

AGH brought $36 million in assets, free and clear, to the 1994 merger, including a $21 million investment portfolio.

In 2000, Northeast reported that 55 percent of their cash and investments originated at AGH.

By 2007, AGH investments had nearly tripled in value to $56 million.

The wealth of AGH helped pay for the $91M building boom at Beverly in recent years:

$68 million for new ER, new OR’s, recovery rooms, an endoscopy suite, and garage.

$23 million for an outpatient facility in Danvers, upon which not a single life depends.

In contrast, Northeast has spent about $3 million at AGH, upon which 36,000 lives depend. The $1 million for the new cancer center came from Cape Ann donations, not Northeast.

Cape Ann patients account for about a third of Northeast’s income, or $100M a year.

Beverly had 6,600 surgeries last year and recruited seven surgeons, yet claims it cannot recruit even one for AGH.

Northeast CEOs are paid $1 million or more a year — and an extra million when they leave. Northeast spends $1 million a year just on travel, for heaven’s sake.

If we put everything into the fight to save AGH, the law is on our side.

Northeast promises to keep us “informed” about the merger. As a nonprofit, tax-exempt public charity, Northeast has a greater legal duty: o include us in the decision-making about the future of AGH.

We, the community suffering the most harm from any merger past or future, have the corresponding duty to insist that our rights are upheld.

We must insist that protecting the eight services and rebuilding other services needed at AGH be guaranteed in writing immediately and in any merger documents.

We must call for the immediate intervention on our behalf by the Attorney General. We need federal officials to lean on Northeast too. Northeast gets about half its income, or $150 million from taxpayers in Medicare and Medicaid money.

I would say that 36,000 lives are worth making a huge fuss right now, or it will be too late.

If you have connections, use them. Display a “Save AGH” bumper sticker, if only for a few weeks. Talk with everyone, write letters to the papers.

Do everything you can. It’s do-or-die time.

PEG O’MALLEY, RN

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