Providence Hospital Northeast announced Tuesday it plans to stop delivering babies and devote more resources to orthopaedics, a change that will increase bed capacity and staffing at the hospital.
The Providence Hospitals Board of Trustees voted to approve a staff recommendation to close Providence Northeasts eight-bed labor and delivery department by Dec. 31, 2011. The department has a staff of 17 full-time and 18 temporary employees and delivered 637 babies in 2010.
All staff who want to remain at the hospital will be offered jobs, according to a Providence news release.
The hospital also houses the Providence Orthopaedic and Neuro Spine Institute. Doing away with obstetrics and adding to orthopaedics will result in 38 new beds in the hospital and 50-70 additional staff positions.
The volume of deliveries was simply not enough to make it economically feasible for it to remain open, said Ryan Hall, vice president of Providence Hospital Northeast.. There are three other quality labor and delivery programs in our community that are doing many more deliveries and can certainly meet the needs of past and future Providence patients.