Frequently Asked Questions
Hegg Health Center Board of Directors has announced it is closing its inpatient labor and delivery unit.
We realize you, our community, has many questions and concerns. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we have compiled some frequently asked questions below.
- Are you ending all OB services?
Hegg Health Center will continue to provide OB services for our community. Only delivery services will be discontinued. Our Hegg Medical Clinic providers will provide local access for prenatal and postnatal care clinic services, as well as ultrasounds. Hospital leadership and Hegg medical providers are exploring options for a “shared care” program with area facilities.
- Why are you closing your inpatient labor and delivery unit?
The Board of Directors has seen this decision coming for some time due to the extreme difficulty in finding General Surgeons who are trained to perform C-sections and who are willing to live and work in very rural areas of the Midwest like ours. The regional group of Hospitals who have traditionally worked together to employ surgeons to cover 5 NW Iowa facilities including Hegg Health Center are unable to employ enough General Surgeons to adequately provide the 24/7/365 C-section coverage that is required.
- When will you close your labor and delivery unit?
We realize that some expectant mothers in their first trimester already have plans to deliver at Hegg Health Center. Therefore, we plan to close the unit on January 1, 2021.
- Will there be staff layoffs?
We are thankful that this decision will not impact our staff in the way of layoffs.
- What do you plan to do with the labor and delivery space within the hospital?
This decision has not been finalized. The leadership team and the Board of Directors are reviewing the latest community health assessment and other data to determine what services would provide a significant benefit for the communities we care for. We plan to provide a definitive plan for this space in the coming months. At this time, we hope to use this space for extended stay patients, including hospice, providing family members an adequate amount of room to visit their loved one.