New York hospital to shutter maternity unit, lay off 41

Lockport, N.Y.-based Eastern Niagara Hospital will close its maternity unit and eliminate dialysis, express care and X-ray services at its facility in Newfane, N.Y., according to The Buffalo News.

The plan, expected to save $2.1 million annually, will result in 41 workers being laid off. The cuts will take place in the next 60 to 90 days.

"We acknowledge that these modifications are difficult and will impact a number of patients, staff and physicians. However, it's our responsibility and duty to rectify this situation and strategically remodel the services we offer in order to remain viable for the future," Anne McCaffrey, Eastern Niagara Hospital president and CEO, told local TV station WIBV.

The decision to cut maternity services is due to the decline of births in the Lockport area and the financial losses the unit incurred, the hospital said.

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