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Vermont hospital closes 105-year-old birthing unit

Springfield (Vt.) Hospital closed its childbirth center May 3 after 105 years, according to the Valley News.

The closing is part of the hospital's restructuring plan, which aims to help Springfield remain open amid financial hardship. In April, Springfield Hospital officials told state regulators they expect to post a $5.5 million to $6 million operating loss this fiscal year.

The birthing unit closure is slated to save the hospital roughly $700,000 a year, according to the Valley News.

For expectant mothers, one of the closest birthing units is about an hour away at  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. While DHMC sees about 1,400 deliveries every year, Springfield Hospital saw between 150 and 175.

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