Oregon system closes midwifery unit less than 4 years after launch

Springfield, Ore.-based McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is to close a maternity health practice less than four years after launching the in-house program, according to the Lund Report. 

The for-profit McKenzie-Willamette hospital says the 11-employee midwifery program is "unsustainable," according to the report.

The unit is now slated to close July 7, according to a KLCC report. McKenzie Midwives and Lactation Services opened in 2019 after Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth's Nurse Midwifery Birth Center closed, the report said.

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