20 people to lose jobs as hurricane-wrecked hospital won't resume baby deliveries

Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, Fla., will not resume baby delivery services, affecting 20 employees, according to The News Herald.

The decision comes about five months after the hospital sustained heavy wind and water damage from Hurricane Michael.

Twenty employees will be laid off due to the decision. That's in addition to more than 600 employees who lost their jobs earlier this month as the hospital rebuilds after the storm, according to the report. The hospital revealed in December that it would reopen in stages, but at one-fourth of its previous 323-bed size.

The hospital already restarted limited services, and administrators told the Herald baby delivery services could resume at some point if community growth supports that.

"We've assessed the facility, and there simply isn't viable space to provide quality of care and quality of experience to mothers at this time," said Tom VanOsdol, president and CEO of Ascension Florida, which is set to take full control of Bay Medical next month.

Mr. VanOsdol said pregnant women still can access their Bay Medical obstetricians, whose offices will stay open, and the hospital will retain on-call obstetricians for emergency patients.


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