Parents upset over changes at Womack Medical Center

July 17, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
Major changes are coming to Fort Bragg's Womack Medical Center, and those changes are upsetting some parents.

The hospital will no longer treat pediatric patients. Instead they will move the care to other clinics on post.

Concerned parents, especially those of children with special needs, told ABC11 that those clinics won't be equipped to handle their children's needs, and that they'll miss out on their primary care specialists.

"Just another blow at not a time when we need it," said parent Kelly Schliecher, who found out via Facebook that Womack is transferring pediatric care out of the hospital and into several separate clinics in just under two weeks.

Fort Bragg said the change will help with access and continuity of care in light of adverse sequestration effects.

Schliecher and other mothers who sounded off online said this will disrupt care, cause scheduling confusion, and keep them from one familiar primary physician.

"I can't believe that sending us to another building outside the hospital away from the x-rays and labs that's set up for pediatric patients versus regular soldier patients," said Schliecher.

Fort Bragg said doctors are moving with the patients into the primary care clinics. If a patient is being followed by a doctor in pediatrics, they will be moved together, and acess to care and continuity of care will be easier for patients.

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