Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been on the receiving end of criticism for parenting choices, after reports surfaced that they were treating New York’s Lenox Hill hospital like their own private villa in the French Riviera. Neil Nash-Coulon told CBS New the couple’s excessive security detail prevented him from visiting his newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit over the weekend. While it’s easy to assume the most popular new parents of the moment, with infinite resources, could indeed set up shop uptown and invite Kanye West to come spin for the entire Maternity floor, Lenox Hill Hospital is setting the record straight. The following is an official statement from Executive Director Frank Danza:
Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports. The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.
The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility. We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days. No security plan that we or the Carters’ security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.
Lenox Hill Hospital takes patient privacy and safety very seriously. And while we congratulate the Carter family on the birth of their child, we value the loyalty of ALL of our patients and always strive to ensure a positive experience, knowing that the birth of a child is a wonderful moment producing memories that last a lifetime.
What did Bey and Jay ever do to you, Mr. Nash-Coulon? Didn’t young Mariah Yeater teach you that making allegations against one superstar, let alone two, is usually not taken lightly? Hopefully the new parents are too high on all that parental glory to care. Meanwhile, we can all get back to pretending to like B.I.C’s name, and begin to imagine the scenario some years in the future when a teenage boy comes home to his mother and tells her he’s dating a girl named Blue Ivy.