SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield Hospital announced plans for the closure of its Childbirth Center sooner than earlier planned. The closure will be effective May 3, 2019.
Hospital staff members have contacted all expectant mothers to inform them of the situation in detail, while helping families make other arrangements for their prenatal care and to plan for their eventual childbirth experience. In cases of the emergency, rather than as a first option, Springfield Hospital’s Emergency Department will be staffed to handle childbirth cases that must happen there as a last resort.
“The Emergency Department is prepared to manage all emergencies – including those of pregnant patients,” said Emergency Director Guy Nuki, M.D. “However, like many other smaller hospitals, the ED does not have the specialized equipment nor the specialized obstetric nurses and clinicians. We encourage all pregnant patients to create a plan with their obstetrics provider for seeking care when in labor, but also to feel comfortable that, in an emergency, we are prepared.”
The Women’s Health Center of Springfield will continue to provide gynecology services for the region and can be reached for appointments at 802-886-3556. Patients with additional questions regarding current or planned obstetric services, please contact Lyndsy McIntyre, Chief of Patient Care Services, at 802-885-7129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMCS also announced its plan to restore employee salaries and wages effective May 5, 2019 as it has exceeded an important milestone – the reduction of its operating budget by more than $6.5 million on an annualized basis.
Continuing its ongoing efforts to balance revenue and expenses, it is also holding true to its promise to staff upon implementation of the painful, but necessary, process of wage reductions. Mike Halstead, interim CEO for Springfield Hospital stated, “We explained to staff that, as soon as we possibly could, wage restoration would be a top priority.”
While SMCS will likely post a loss at the end of its Sept. 30, 2019 fiscal year, the financial improvement plans recently implemented have identified approximately $7 million in expense reductions, which will help stabilize the organization’s finances into the future.
Halstead stated, “Our work is not over. This is a process of continuous improvement and a necessary operational strategy for any health system in today’s challenging environment.” He added, “There will be no sacrifice in quality. High quality patient care remains mission critical and access to necessary services remains our first priority.”
The Board of Directors also expresses their appreciation to the community for its past support by seeking healthcare services from SMCS, and looks forward to continuing to meet the communities’ healthcare needs into the future.