HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville has plans to redesign its Women and Infants service line which means the delivery of babies will no longer occur at the hospital.
It is not known when the change will happen since HSHS must obtain a Certificate of Exemption from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Once approval is received, Holy Family Hospital will transition deliveries to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
Holy Family President and Administrator Kelly Sager said the hospital will redesign care provided from an inpatient model to an outpatient model. She said an expectant mother has about 20 visits during their pregnancy. That mother will be able to have 19 of those visits in the local market for office visits, testing, and treatment. Deliveries will be done at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
Sager said Holy Family Hospital has studied factual data and doesn’t see enough deliveries to continue to provide that service long-term.
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Sager advised those using Southern OB-GYN Associates or SOGA will receive a post-delivery visit. Jeff Leidel also asked Sager about the employees in the current birth unit.
She said those employees have been offered other positions, noting with the increased traffic at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, they’ll need extra personnel.
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Sager said the eventual closing of the birth unit will not affect any other departments at Holy Family Hospital.