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SRMC To Close Maternity Unit at End of June

Salem, Ohio - (March 23, 2018) - Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC), an independent not-for- profit hospital, announced plans today to close maternity services by the end of its fiscal year on June 30, 2018. Current maternity patients scheduled to deliver after that date will be transitioned to other area maternity providers.

Decline in Births

As Columbiana County’s population ages, the area’s birth rate has been declining, yielding a drop of 15.6% in overall births from 2009 to 2017. During the same period of time, the number of babies born at SRMC has also decreased; with births falling from 714 in 2009 to 423 last year; while other services like outpatient surgery, have increased. In response to the announcement, Matthew M. Bender, Chair of the SRMC Board of Directors, issued the following statement on behalf of the SRMC Board: “We understand that our maternity unit has a very strong tie to our communities and we have truly appreciated the privilege to serve thousands of area families over many years.” “This very difficult decision to close our maternity unit was reached after an extensive assessment of area women’s current choices when selecting maternity services. Prior to making our decision, we had to consider that approximately 70% of expectant mothers in our overall service area are currently choosing to leave our community and deliver their babies at non-SRMC maternity providers, instead of coming to our local maternity unit.” “In addition, Hospital reimbursement for maternity services continues to decline and does not cover the cost to provide this service. Therefore, this very tough decision was made based on current consumer preferences for maternity care, the safety of our patients, physician and staff resources and financial performance data.”

Service Transition Process

We are collaborating with area maternity centers to transition expectant mothers scheduled to deliver at SRMC after June 30th,” said Anita Hackstedde, SRMC’s President/CEO. “Within the next few days, transition communications will be sent out to those maternity patients who will be affected by this decision.” After June 30 th , in the rare case where an expectant mother is unable to reach a designated maternity center, SRMC’s Emergency Department physicians and staff are prepared to handle emergency deliveries, as they have in the past. The maternity unit’s closure will also impact obstetrics and gynecology patients who see the physicians affiliated with Salem Women’s Health Partners (SWHP). As of July 1, 2018, SWHP physicians will no longer provide local OB/GYN care and the practice will be closed. SWHP patients are currently being notified of their care transition options, including transferring to local primary care physicians who provide women’s health services. Dr. Hackstedde 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.

For More Information: Please note that information will be updated on SRMC’s “OB transition hotline” at 330-332-7234. Patients and the community can call the hotline to receive additional details regarding the transition process.

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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