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College Station Medical Center closing labor and delivery services

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Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 11:46 AM CDT
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College Station Medical Center has announced the closure of its labor and delivery services. Planned childbirth services will no longer be available at the hospital effective July 16, 2018.

The Med tells News 3 they are going in a new direction and didn't take this decision lightly.

It's unknown the future options for staff impacted and it means women will have less options when it comes to their healthcare in College Station.

"I think we're all as people would expect I think we're just kind of a little bit gut punched, we're in shock I think you know people didn't see it coming," said Stephanie Baisey, a College Station Medical Center Nurse.

Baisey has been a labor and delivery nurse there for nearly 18 years.

"The 71 employees that are affected by this I think that you know we were all surprised. We give great care at The Med," she said.

"We are not part of the numbers game but we you know we do, we're busy every day," said Baisey.

She added staff were told about the changes Monday.

The Med tells us the changes were the first step in a plan to be sustainable for the future.

Baisey and her coworkers aren't sure where they might be this summer.

"Everybody has to do what they need to do to. You know they all need to put food on the table everyone, so everyone's going to start reaching out and looking for whatever job opportunities they can find," she said.

She says the Med's labor and delivery unit delivers around 110 new Brazos Valley residents into the world every month.

"We just try to give great care and we just focus on the mom and the baby and the children and so sometimes that's outside of our purview but we understand that that's coming and everyone's going to have to do their part to try to make you know healthcare work," said Baisey.

News 3 reached out for an interview with hospital management but they declined further comment besides a statement.

In their statement to KBTX, the hospital said it was moving in a new strategic direction and the change was the first of many intended to improve operations and focus on the the Med's most popular programs. College Station Medical Center will continue to offer women's services like diagnostic imaging and gynecologic surgery.

"We understand this may cause some concern for women who planned to deliver at our hospital," a hospital spokesperson said in a statement. "We will work with them and their physician to transition their care to another nearby facility of their choice. Though inpatient obstetric services are being transferred to other area providers, College Station Medical Center is always equipped to respond to patients who experiencing a medical emergency – childbirth-related or otherwise."

The hospital is also ending its relationship with the Brenham Clinic on July 16. That clinic will begin operations as a separate facility on that date.

The College Station Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was the area's first Level III NICU. Level III NICU services are now available at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan and Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station.

Complete Statement from College Station Medical Center: As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, College Station Medical Center is also embarking on a new strategic direction to enhance care and be a sustainable provider for the future. The path to becoming a sustainable provider requires us to make some changes which will ultimately improve our operations and focus resources on services that our patients are using most. The first change the hospital is making is the discontinuance of providing childbirth services effective July 16, 2018. After that date, we will no longer provide scheduled, inpatient labor and delivery services. CSMC will continue to offer women’s services such as gynecologic surgery and diagnostic imaging. We understand this may cause some concern for women who planned to deliver at our hospital. We will work with them and their physician to transition their care to another nearby facility of their choice. Though inpatient obstetric services are being transferred to other area providers, College Station Medical Center is always equipped to respond to patients who experiencing a medical emergency – childbirth-related or otherwise. In addition, we also are discontinuing our formal relationship with the Brenham Clinic effective July 16, 2018. At that time, the Brenham Clinic will operate as a separate and distinct facility from the hospital. We look forward to working with the Brenham Clinic physicians as independent members of our medical staff and will continue to serve patient needs from that community. These are not decisions we made lightly, but we are confident they will make the hospital a stronger, more sustainable organization moving forward.

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