California hospital to end obstetrics services, affecting 40 jobs

Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, Calif., will close its obstetrics, labor and delivery and newborn nursing units by Aug. 4, according to a recent hospital notice. The closures will affect about 40 employees.

In the May 6 notice, hospital officials cited a decline in births at the facility as the reason for ending the services. 

Paradise Valley has stopped accepting new maternity patients.

"The decision to close our obstetrics unit means we will redirect resources to where there is a greater community need," Neerav Jadeja, CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital, said in the May 6 notice. "The demand for perinatal care, labor and delivery and neonatal services at Paradise Valley is not what it once was, and this has forced us to focus on growing other essential services based on community need."

Hospital officials said they are working to retain affected staff by providing them opportunities to work in other departments of the hospital or sister hospitals.

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