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Meriter Hospital

Meriter Hospital

Meriter Hospital has suspended an employee as Madison police investigate “several unexplained injuries” at the hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the department was notified by hospital authorities last week about the injuries. He said the department’s Special Victims Unit detectives have been investigating the incident since being notified on Friday.

Leah Huibregtse, a spokeswoman for the hospital, would not specify what the injuries were or how many infants were injured, citing patient privacy issues.

Huibregtse said the hospital has suspended an employee while the investigation is ongoing. Enhanced safety in the unit includes additional staff and security members present, she said.

“We were heartbroken to recently learn of patient safety concerns regarding some of our youngest patients,” Meriter Hospital said in a statement.

“We continue our own internal review and have implemented supplemental monitoring and security measures to enhance supervision in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” the statement said.

DeSpain said the police investigation is ongoing and declined to release additional information. The department’s Special Victims Unit investigates crimes against children.

A NICU is designated for infants who are born prematurely or are sick so they can receive advanced care.

The hospital said it is “updating the families involved in this matter.”

“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,” the hospital said.

Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.