Illinois hospital suspends inpatient labor, delivery and urology services


Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital will suspend inpatient labor, delivery and urology services starting May 2, according to WQAD, a Tribune Broadcasting affiliate.

With fewer than 860 annual deliveries in Galesburg, the hospital says the community cannot sustain two competing obstetrics programs. Hospital officials also say demand for urology services declined by 35 percent in the last three years.

"The decision was impacted by declining market demand for these services and the significant negative impact of the Medicaid supplemental payment program," said Eileen Innes, director of public relations for Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

While it will no longer offering labor and delivery services, the hospital and Cottage Women's Health Clinic will continue to offer inpatient and outpatient gynecological services.

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