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Hutcheson to suspend labor and delivery services effective August 31

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The Board of Directors for Hutcheson Medical Center voted Wednesday evening, to suspend the Women's Center and Labor and Delivery Services effective August 31st at 7 p.m.

Hutcheson previously suspended labor and delivery services at the end of 2013, but reopened in December of 2014 due to an overwhelming demand from physicians and community to once again provide maternity services. Hutcheson interviewed numerous providers prior to reopening the facility who committed to support Hutcheson. However, the projected numbers were not met. 

“We value the profound role we have played for decades in ushering new life into our local community,” said Sandra Siniard, Chief Nursing Officer of Hutcheson Medical Center.  “This is a necessary step that will provide cost saving measures.”

Consistent with federal law, Hutcheson's Emergency Department will provide emergency care to treat and stabilized mothers with pregnancy related medical conditions, followed by ambulance transfer to a qualified hospital facility with OB services.

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