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Maternity Unit Closed on May 14, 2018

Salem, Ohio - (May 2018) - Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC), an independent not-for-profit hospital, has closed its maternity services as of May 14, 2018.

"We understand that our maternity unit has a very strong tie to our communities and we have truly appreciated the privilege of serving thousands of area families over many years," said Dr. Anita Hackstedde, SRMC President/CEO. "However, we are no longer able to accept maternity patients."

SRMC announced in March that it planned to close its maternity unit at the end of June, due to the area's declining birth rate, combined with the average number of babies born at SRMC dropping to 1.1 births per day. But with the Hospital's maternity staff accepting positions elsewhere, the unit’s closure was moved up to May 14.

"This very difficult decision was made based on current consumer preferences for maternity care, the safety of our patients, physician and staff resources and financial performance data," Dr. Hackstedde advised. "Maternity patients scheduled to deliver after May 14 have been personally notified by their OB/GYN physician and will be transitioned to deliver at other area hospitals that provide maternity services."

Salem Women's Health Partners to Close By 6/30/18

Salem Women’s Health Partners’ (SWHP) providers are seeing their existing patients through mid- to late June. After that time, patients will need to make arrangements to transition to another provider, which may include a primary care provider who offers women’s health services. Existing SWHP patients can call the office at 330-332-1939 to arrange for the transfer of their confidential medical record to another provider.

According to Dr. Hackstedde, the Hospital is working with area providers to coordinate a level of gynecology (GYN) physician care to be available locally. More information will be announced once the local GYN availability is finalized. She also noted that SRMC's affiliated pediatricians will not be affected by the maternity unit's closing, and will continue providing care to area children through their office-based practices.

Meeting Community Need

"Our mission as a not-for-profit, independent hospital is closely aligned with meeting our communities' needs," Dr. Hackstedde added. "As our area's demographics continue to change due to an aging population with increased rates of cancer and chronic disease, we will focus on offering specialized services that are uniquely tailored to these needs. To that end, we have already added several new primary care and specialty physicians to our medical staff to increase local access to care and expand prevention and wellness services into our neighboring communities."

"As Columbiana County's largest health care provider, we have also made a significant commitment to providing state-of-the-art medical imaging services, nationally-recognized orthopaedic care for joint repair and world-class cancer care through the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at SRMC. We have a long-standing tradition of advancing health care in our region; and during the past year, we have brought world-class cancer diagnosis and treatment to area cancer patients; launched the newest technology for breast cancer detection; and expanded our outpatient services as we fulfill our mission: To Serve. To Care. To Heal."

About Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC)

SRMC is a not-for-profit, independent hospital serving Columbiana and southern Mahoning Counties. The Hospital has transformed cancer care in the region through a strategic partnership with University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center. Located in SRMC's recently expanded Cancer & Infusion Center, the new UH Seidman Cancer Center at Salem Regional Medical Center opened in November 2017, and provides patients with local access to world-class cancer diagnosis and treatment.

A leader in state-of-the-art joint repair, SRMC also continues to advance orthopaedic care through its Orthopaedic Bone & Joint Center, and the Medical Center holds The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for hip and knee replacements. Other recent awards and accomplishments included the 2018 Women's Choice Award® as one of "America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety" and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for providing high-quality stroke care.

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