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Frisbie Hospital plans to send baby deliveries to Portsmouth. State AG says not so fast.

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Karen Dandurant

Fosters Daily Democrat

Frisbie Memorial Hospital is facing a review by the New Hampshire attorney general’s office over a decision to discontinue labor and delivery services, sending patients instead to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which is under the same ownership.

Attorney General John Formella said Frisbie, which informed the state attorney general last month it plans to stop delivering babies, had agreed in February 2020 to continue labor and delivery services for at least five years after it was acquired by HCA Healthcare for $67 million.

The agreement states the hospital would have to “show proof of extreme financial loss/disadvantage” in order to justify discontinuing labor and delivery services. The attorney general’s office is not satisfied that proof has been provided by Frisbie.

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