By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The embattled Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center has shut its doors.
Government sources have confirmed that Hillcrest has voluntarily relinquished its license to operate as an abortion facility.
The abortion center had until August 31st to fix the myriad of health and safety problems discovered during an inspection earlier this year. That inspection yielded an astounding 44 pages worth of violations.
The report, found on the Pennsylvania Health Department website dated July 8th, provided details of the myriad of health and safety violations found at the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in June.
The failures included:
- Outdated medication and supplies
- Lack of documentation that a consultant physician had proper credentials for advising staff to ensure satisfactory treatment of patients
- Medication stored in refrigerators with inappropriate temperatures
- Failure to provide a sanitary environment. Deficiencies included ceiling tiles stained with an unidentified brown substance, torn padding on exam tables, and a front yard with grass measuring two to three feet high.
A group of state Senators demanded to know why the state Health Department allowed the facility to remain open, given its abysmal safety record. A follow-up inspection resulted in Hillcrest being shuttered until it could meet basic health standards.
But the deadline for compliance came and went with little indication the abortion center would reopen. A notice posted by the local natural gas company indicated that the gas had been shut off. A subsequent notice by the electric company said the electricity would be cut off if $1,600 in bills was not paid within the week.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health website now lists Hillcrest as “closed.” For the health and safety of central Pennsylvania women, the closure is long overdue.