Hutcheson Medical Center will be suspending its Labor and Delivery services as of December 31, 2013.

Officials say it is part of larger strategic plan to refocus the hospital's resources on community medical and surgical services and return the hospital to profitability.

Gynecological surgeries and inpatient pediatric medical care, two services previously combined with Labor and Delivery as Hutcheson's Women's Center, will remain part of the hospital's services.

Thirty-seven employees will be affected by the suspension of services; however those employees who are qualified will be offered comparable positions currently open in other parts of the hospital.  For those employees who are not qualified for comparable jobs or choose not to accept a comparable job, Hutcheson will provide a severance package.

Hutcheson's Certificate of Need allows the hospital to resume services within a twelve month period.