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MPD: SVU investigates unexplained newborn injuries at Meriter Hospital

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Published: Feb. 13, 2018 at 4:47 PM CST
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The Madison Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating “several unexplained injuries” reported at Meriter Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Hospital authorities contacted detectives the morning of Friday, Feb. 9.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon by the hospital’s communications team, hospital staff are conducting an internal review and “have implemented supplemental monitoring and security measures to enhance supervision in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit until the investigation is complete.”

The statement also cites that protecting patients is the hospital’s “highest priority, so we were heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients.”

Police are not releasing other information citing the “open and ongoing case.”

UnityPoint Health - Meriter releases official statement: 

"Nurturing and protecting the health of our patients is our highest priority, so we were heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients.

We have notified law enforcement and local authorities regarding the matter and are actively cooperating with their ongoing investigations. We are also updating the families involved in this matter.

As the police investigation continues, we continue our own internal review and have implemented supplemental monitoring and security measures to enhance supervision in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit until the investigation is complete. We will continue to cooperate with all appropriate agencies and will do all we can to bring about a swift and appropriate resolution.

Our care team is keenly focused on supporting our patients and their families. Our determination to provide the best and safest care could not be stronger."