Adventist hospital shuttering deliveries and neonatal ICU; 53 employees affected

Adventist Health Simi Valley (Calif.) hospital, part of Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health, is ending its labor and delivery services and closing its neonatal intensive care unit May 8.

The closure will also affect 53 employees, a spokesperson for Adventist Health confirmed with Becker's

"We are actively working with all affected associates to help them find new roles within Adventist Health," the spokesperson said. 

The cuts stem from high costs, labor shortages, inflation and a 25% decline in birth rate at the hospital, according to an Adventist Health news release shared with Becker's.

"We are looking at the changing demographics of our community and making an adjustment to better meet the growing needs of a more senior population," Jennifer Swenson, president of Adventist Health Simi Valley, said in the release. "We have talented physicians, nurses and staff members that will continue to offer vital services to our community."

The hospital is working with its medical workers, patients and their families to ensure a smooth transition and access to obstetric care services. 

"We are engaging with our impacted employees to support them in finding roles within our Adventist Health organization," the release said.

A faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system, Adventist Health features 37,000 employees with more than 400 care sites and 26 acute care facilities across California, Hawaii and Oregon. 

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