FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2020
Contact: Ashley Van Maanen at 712-476-8099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hegg Health Center to Close Labor and Delivery Unit
ROCK VALLEY – Hegg Health Center’s board of directors announced on Wednesday that it is closing its inpatient labor and delivery unit effective January 1, 2021.
Pre-natal and Post-partum care will continue in order to give expectant mothers the desired access to local care and to the high quality of services they have come to expect.
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 five 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.
“This decision has been extremely difficult and frankly is a decision that no one wanted to have to make.” said Glenn Zevenbergen, CEO of Hegg Health Center, “Continuing to provide high-quality and convenient care to the community is, and has always been a top priority for all of us at Hegg. Unfortunately, far too many hospitals across Iowa have been forced into similar decisions with at least 10 other hospitals ending delivery services in the last 2 years and nearly 40 since 2000.”
Hegg Health Center providers will continue to provide OB services for our community, including local access for pre- and post-natal care services and ultrasounds. Hegg physicians will work with each expectant mother to provide a smooth transition leading up to their expected delivery at a facility of their choice. Well child check-ups will continue at Hegg Medical Clinic as normal following the child’s birth.
Hospital leadership and the medical providers are developing a “shared care” program with area facilities in order to provide seamless care.
Two community forums will be held to answer questions on Thursday, June 18 at 5:00pm and Friday, June 19 at 1:00pm in the Hegg Learning Center, located inside the Outpatient Specialty Services entrance. Please wear a mask if you have one available.