Saint John Hospital has announced plans to consolidate obstetrics services with its affiliate, Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The change will be effective Feb. 15.
“We’re still providing women’s services,” said Dan Sheehan, chief administrative officer at Saint John.
But the delivery of babies will no longer occur at the Leavenworth hospital.
“As the first private hospital in Kansas, Saint John Hospital has delivered thousands of babies into the world for many generations, and we’re proud of that tradition,” Sheehan said. “Unfortunately, the health care landscape is changing, and over the last few years, we have seen a decline in births and a lack of OB providers in the area.”
Randy Nyp, president and CEO of Providence Medical Center and Saint John said, “Based on input from our medical staff and community need assessments, we’ve decided it is best to centralize services to Providence, which also has been the birthplace of generations.
Providence has capacity, is located nearby and can offer Leavenworth County residents a number of enhanced capabilities.”
Current obstetrics patients at Saint John are being encouraged to coordinate a care plan to deliver their babies at Providence. Saint John will no longer have OB physicians on call through its Emergency Services department, according to a news release from the hospital.
Dr. Marc Luckett, an OB/GYN, will continue to see patients at his Saint John office. Beginning Feb. 4, he also will see patients at a Providence office.
Sheehan said the decision to consolidate services to Providence has been a difficult one. He cited as one of the factors a provision in the federal health care reform law that will result in the loss of a particular Medicaid payment that has supported hospital obstetrics services.
He also said Saint John has had a lot of competition for obstetrics services. He said a majority of women in the area choose to go outside of Leavenworth County for services.
“We would love to keep them here,” he said.