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BREAKING NEWS: Fallbrook Hospital suspends maternity services

 

Last updated 8/22/2014 at Noon



FALLBROOK - Fallbrook Hospital, operated by Fallbrook Hospital Corporation (Community Health Systems) has filed a request to suspend maternity services at Fallbrook Hospital effective September 3. Area EMS agencies and other hospitals are being notified of this suspension and the operating company says they are "working through the transition with the support of Fallbrook Healthcare District."

According to Fallbrook Hospital spokesperson Monique Murphy-Mijares: "This decision was made after reviewing medical staff resources and the number of births at the hospital and in our community. The number of babies we deliver has steadily fallen over the past few years and there are now only two obstetricians on the medical staff. These changes have made it difficult to sustain OB services."

"We understand this may be concerning to expectant mothers and are working with physicians to transfer their patients’ care to another hospital if they are scheduled to deliver after September 3. Women in Fallbrook will still be able to deliver their babies close to home at two area hospitals that offer labor and delivery services."

"Our first priority is ensuring all of our patients continue to receive quality care. Though obstetric services are being suspended, patients who are experiencing a medical emergency – obstetrics-related or otherwise – should not hesitate to come to the Fallbrook Hospital emergency room. The hospital has an experienced emergency department team trained to provide emergency medical care and, if needed, make arrangements for a transfer to a higher level of care."

 

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