Washington hospital set to close maternity ward

Astria Toppenish (Wa.) Hospital is set to close its maternity ward Jan. 14, citing financial losses, fewer deliveries and reduced Medicaid reimbursement among its reasons for shuttering, Yakima Herald-Republic reported Dec. 15.

Over the past five years, the hospital has seen a 50 percent decrease in deliveries, according to information provided from the hospital to Herald-Republic. A July reduction of Medicaid reimbursement from 150 percent to 100 percent also contributed to the hospital's decision to discontinue its maternity services.

The hospital has lost $3.2 million in the past 12 months. 

The Sunnyside, Wash.-based health system also recently cut cardiology services at its Sunnyside hospital and clinics across the Lower Valley.

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