State suspends Lathrup Village abortion clinic license after failed health inspection

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 29, 2015

 Women’s Center of Southfield, located at 28505 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, is under fire by anti-abortion activities and the state of Michigan after violating seven health codes during a health inspection. The state ordered the facility’s outpatient facility license be suspended in November, and a merits hearing is set for March 4 in Lansing.

Women’s Center of Southfield, located at 28505 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, is under fire by anti-abortion activities and the state of Michigan after violating seven health codes during a health inspection. The state ordered the facility’s outpatient facility license be suspended in November, and a merits hearing is set for March 4 in Lansing.

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — According to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, the state has suspended the license of a local clinic where abortions are performed after authorities discovered several health code violations.

On Nov. 21, Women’s Center of Southfield, located at 28505 Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, had its surgical outpatient facility license suspended for violating seven health codes, according to state officials.

According to a document sent to the facility by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the center failed to maintain a sterile facility and inform a patient of risks, consent or complications of a procedure. Workers allegedly were performing charting improperly, and did not have adequate supplies and tools, among other things.

The document stated that Dr. Jacob Kalo —  who is a board-certified OB/GYN and owns the facility, according to the center’s website — and Dr. Reginald Sharpe were present during the inspection.

An employee who answered the phone at the facility declined to comment on the situation and referred the Southfield Sun to Kalo’s attorneys.

“Dr. Kalo, as the medical director of Women’s Center of Southfield, is committed to providing quality medical care to all of his patients,” said  attorneys Victor Norris, Patricia Stamler and Laurie Raab, who represent the facility, in a written statement.

The attorneys also said they believe the center is following the law.

“Notwithstanding that legal counsel for Women’s Center of Southfield believes that the state has exceeded its authority as provided by law, Dr. Kalo is exercising diligent efforts to comply with the myriad state regulations, and in this regard, he is cooperating with state authorities.”

On Dec. 23, members of several anti-abortion groups held a protest outside of the facility, calling for it to be shut down completely, along with others like it.

“We are interested in closing down this place of death,” said Monica Miller, a South Lyon resident and anti-abortion activist, at the protest.

The investigations reportedly stemmed from a recent complaint from a patient whose  second-trimester abortion procedure resulted in emergency hospitalization, the order said. State documents show the woman suffered a perforated uterus. 

According to a previous report, Women’s Center of Southfield was investigated in March of 2008 following a gruesome discovery by protesters peering through trash bins at the location. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality performed an inspection of the facility to ensure the proper disposal of hazardous medical waste.

Protesters filed a complaint with the DEQ after reportedly finding patient records, aborted fetuses and medical waste in the trash bins outside the facility.

Sydney Allen, communications representative for the Attorney General’s Office, said a merits hearing has been scheduled for the facility at 9 a.m. March 4 in Lansing. The hearing is open to the public, she said.

Women’s Center of Southfield is still providing check ups, birth control, oncology and general OB/GYN practices, according to its attorneys.