Premier Health facility to transfer maternity services to main hospital campus

Premier Health said the health system is repurposing beds on its Miami Valley Hospital South campus in Centerville, Ohio, for medical/surgical care that are currently used for obstetrics.

The last day of deliveries on the Miami Valley Hospital South campus will be June 30, and the obstetrics unit on that campus is scheduled to cease operations by July 8, according to a statement shared with Becker's on May 11. 

The Dayton, Ohio-based health system attributed the move to growth at Miami Valley Hospital South.

"Recently Miami Valley Hospital South has experienced tremendous growth across many health services, including orthopedic and spine, oncology and cardiology services, as well as emergency and trauma care," the Premier statement said. "This growth has created an increase in demand for inpatient beds."

Premier Physician Network obstetrics offices on the Miami Valley Hospital South campus are not affected. Premier Health's Miami Valley Hospital main campus in Dayton will continue to provide obstetrics services. 

The decision affects about 70 employees, Mike Uhl, MSN, RN, president of Miami Valley Hospital, told CBS affiliate WHIO

"We are working hard to ensure a seamless transition, and will be guaranteeing positions for all employees in affected positions," Premier said. "Employees will have the opportunity to move into similar roles with the same shifts elsewhere in Premier Health."

Premier is among the latest hospitals or health systems to make changes regarding maternity services. Earlier in May, St. Mary's Health System announced it will close its maternity and women's health service line in July at Lewiston, Maine-based St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. St. Mary's Health System is owned by Tewksbury, Mass.-based Covenant Health.

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