Harrison doctor asked to leave hospital; expectant moms in middle

Dr. Marcus Causey has been a doctor at Crossroads Medical Clinic in Harrison for 18 years.

Now, he's no longer allowed to deliver babies at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. The hospital won't disclose why. Officials said it is confidential and covered by state law.

But 80 expectant mothers are upset that they have to suddenly find a new doctor because the doctor they have been going to can no longer deliver their babies.

Kearson Duncan, who just had her baby days ago, said, "A lot of us are way far along in our pregnancy, and now we're just trapped."

Duncan was told by Causey he couldn't deliver her baby just a month before she gave birth to Emma-Jean.

"I was upset because a lot of us weren't really told why it was happening," Duncan said. "And then it's just is out of nowhere."

Her 10-pound baby girl was delivered by a different doctor. The baby's collarbone broke during birth because of her size.

"On her onesie you have to pin her arm down," Duncan said.
And she has to stay that way from 7-10 days."

Causey delivered Amanda Smith's first child.

Smith said, "It's a big responsibility. You want to get someone who's good in emergency situations."

But he won't be delivering her second, which is on its way.

"That really shocked me," Smith said. "Because when you're trying to have a baby you just know who you're going to have."

Causey told Kylee Bushea her baby was in a breech position. That was the same day she found out he couldn't deliver her.

Bushea said, "I was pretty scared. This is my first baby."

Two days later, and a month before her due date, her water broke. She went to the emergency room.

"And some random doctor came in that I didn't even know and pretty much told me that we were going to have a baby really fast," Bushea said.

In part of a statement, Causey said, "I apologize to all of my patients who are in the position of needing to find another provider for their care at the hospital. My staff at Crossroads Medical Clinic and I have been working with patients to assist them in this process and we are committed to providing as much care as we are able and as much care as my patients desire. While we continue to see patients in the clinic and provide prenatal care, we are assisting patients with finding alternative options for the care I am currently not allowed to provide. We will continue to help them through this transition. It is my greatest prayer that no patients have a deficit in care during the course of this process."

For many of these moms, it's putting their baby in the hands of doctors they haven't built a relationship with yet.

Although Causey can't deliver babies at the hospital now, all three of the women said they'll stick with him as their baby's pediatrician. And they are looking for answers from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.

In a statement, the hospital said: "North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) exists to insure quality healthcare is available in northcentral Arkansas. Providing safe, high quality healthcare is the mission of NARMC.

We will work with all patients to connect them with any highly qualified healthcare provider in our community. When expectant mothers come to NARMC for care, our dedicated OB team provides top-notch care to both mom and baby in our certified Baby-Friendly birthing center. NARMC is one of only three hospitals in Arkansas to earn this designation from the global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The 850 staff members that make up the hospital are committed to this community, and we will continue to work to provide exceptional care for all who come to NARMC."

In his own statement, Causey said he has concerns there may be non-medical issues influencing the course of events. He said he has always tried to keep his patients' best interest as the focus of the care he provides and has attempted to follow all requirements the hospital has asked of him and beyond.

Hospital officials said they can't comment as to why he can't practice at NARMC under state law.