Doctors Hospital to stop baby deliveries after Oct. 6 & combine - WRBL

Doctors Hospital to stop baby deliveries after Oct. 6 & combine services with The Medical Center

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No more babies will be delivered at Doctors Hospital starting Oct. 7. All of the facility's labor and delivery services will be combined into one obstetrics service at The Medical Center.

The announcement was made in a press release sent Tuesday morning. "We have evaluated combining the obstetrics programs at Doctors Hospital and The Medical Center for many months," said Ryan Chandler, president and CEO of The Medical Center. "This evaluation included substantial participation from physicians, nurses and ancillary staff, and we appreciate their engagement and support," he added.

Tamara (Tami) Jackson, president and CEO of Doctors Hospital, said the decision was made after studying the past and future volume of deliveries at Doctors Hospital. Jackson said, "We anticipate the delivery volume at Doctors Hospital will decline over time due to the dynamics of our local marketplace."

During the Fiscal Year that ended in June, Doctor's hospital delivered 1,019 babies compared to the Medical Center, which delivered 3,293.

The release stated Kendall Handy, MD, Chief of OB/GYN;  Dawn Hurst, RNC, MS, Senior Director of Women's Services; and Kelly Hunter, RN, BSN, Director of Labor and Delivery, will lead the new service with the support of all the nurses and caregivers from Doctors Hospital and The Medical Center.


Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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