Expecting mother shares frustrations ahead of Atlanta Medical Center’s closure

Expecting mother shares frustrations ahead of Atlanta Medical Center’s closure
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 8:35 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The frustrations of Atlanta Medical Center’s closure continues for many residents, including for expecting mother Yasha Afaq.

“In all of my 9 months, I thought this period would be my most relaxing time,” Afaq said.

Instead, it’s been a frantic few days as Afaq tries to find a new hospital for her delivery.

The first-time expecting mother is 37 weeks pregnant with a due date of October 10, the same date her provider at AMC told her they had to shut down.

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While AMC is closing on November 1, Afaq told CBS46 her midwifery is closing with the labor and delivery unit a month earlier.

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She said the practice doesn’t have enough time to find a new hospital to deliver at.

“If it had been six months’ notice, I’m sure they would have been able to do something,” Afaq said. “But it’s like hardly two months.”

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The hospital’s closure came as a shock to patients, employees and local leaders, many concerned because the hospital closing disproportionately affects low-income and uninsured residents.

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“If all the hospitals start acting like businesses instead of healthcare facilities, then where are all the people supposed to go?” Afaq asked.

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This will be the second emergency room that Wellstar has closed in metro Atlanta this year. Atlanta Medical Center South in East Point transitioned to a different model of care in May.

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