Brenham residents concerned over possible hospital changes

BRENHAM, Tex. (KBTX) -- A local hospital may soon be losing one of its departments.

Healthcare partners with Baylor Scott & White in Brenham tell KBTX the future of the labor and delivery unit is in jeopardy.

"It holds a very special place in our hearts and our family's and the community's," said Brenham resident, Alyssa Schovasja, who delivered her two sons in the hospital. Her first delivery ended in an emergency C-section, but she says her experience with the staff made the entire process one to remember.

"It happened to be right at shift change, and I had all hands on deck taking care of me and making sure that me, and my baby was taken care of and everything was perfect," Schovajsa said.

Brenham moms say they worry about the decrease in quality of medicine leaving surrounding counties without any assistance.

"It's the only unit, not only labor and delivery, but also in Washington County. I don't believe there is one in Grimes County, Austin County, Fayette County, Lee County, which are all surrounding."

Brenham mother, PJ Koehny says this closure could affect whether she decides to have any more children at all.

"Them closing would actually probably have an impact on my decision whether or not to just because of the access to care and I want to be able to do everything that's the best in prenatal care for my kid," Koehny said.

KBTX reached out to Baylor Scott & White for a comment on this, but they didn't specifically address the closure of the labor and delivery unit. Instead, they issued this statement:

“Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to offering high-quality care to the communities it serves, and evolving with them as well. As such, more than $4 million has recently been committed to growing services in the Brenham area. We are constantly looking at opportunities with these priorities in mind and with guidance and direction from the leadership of our hospital board, comprised of three healthcare professionals and eight Washington County community members. We remain dedicated to sharing news about any changes to service offerings as soon as it becomes available.”