Ohio medical center ending labor and delivery services

Cleveland-based University Hospitals plans to consolidate labor and delivery services from Ravenna, Ohio-based UH Portage Medical Center to Chardon, Ohio-based UH Geauga Medical Center, according to a Sept. 23 news release.

Persistent workforce shortages and declining volumes are cited as reasons for the consolidation. The transition will take effect on Nov. 10 and will create a regional hub allowing the system to focus resources needed to provide quality care for mothers and babies, according to the news release. 

UH Portage Medical Center will continue to offer women and children's services, including obstetrician and gynecologist, physician, and midwife care, in addition to breastfeeding and lactation services. 

"Our goal through this transition is to continue providing mothers the experience and quality of care they expect and deserve. We’re confident this move will benefit all of our patients in a changing health care environment," said Bill Benoit, Chief Operating Officer, UH South Market. 

Labor and delivery workers at UH Portage Medical Center will have the option to find other opportunities within the health system.

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