WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull Regional Medical Center is closing its maternity ward.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed the decision, which goes into effect on December 31. The spokesperson released the following statement:
Despite our best efforts, patient demand has remained low, and Trumbull’s maternity ward remains significantly underutilized – a trend that began even prior to Steward taking ownership of the hospital. Trumbull’s maternity ward covers less than 15% of the babies delivered in the region annually.
Steward is deeply committed to the well-being of our patients and this community and will continue to provide women’s services, including advanced robotic gynecological procedures, with plans to expand our service offerings for women.
Patients can access high-quality maternity care at Steward’s sister hospital in Mercer County Pennsylvania: Sharon Regional Medical Center, A Steward Family Hospital, which is approximately 18 miles – or 22 minutes – east of Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
In addition, the Warren community continues to have access to maternity services at Mercy Health’s St. Joseph Warren Hospital, which is just 1.5 miles or 3 minutes away, and at Mercy Health’s St. Elizabeth in Boardman, about 27 miles or 30 minutes away.
We are extremely grateful to the talented and dedicated medical and professional staff in Trumbull’s maternity ward who care for patients every day – and we are here to support them during this transition. In addition, all affected nurses in the maternity ward have the opportunity to take open positions within the hospital.”
This closure leaves three options for expecting mothers in the Valley: Sharon Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Warren, and St. Elizabeth Boardman hospitals.
“It may be added volume for us, of course, but we will continue to do the same thing in a prioritized fashion,” said Anna Klejka, Mercy Health market director for women and children’s service.
This year, St. Joseph Hospital is expected to deliver 1,200 babies. Even with an influx of new patients, Klejka says it will be manageable because of a 2015 expansion of their maternity ward.
“The renovation that we had previously done in 2015-16 was an enhancement to be able to accommodate patients we were seeing,” she said.
Most expectant mothers will be able to keep their doctor as most go to both hospitals in Warren and some go to Mercy Health Boardman.
Six maternity ward closures in six years is quite a bit. Klejka said it has to do with the birthrate.
“We know that from what data tells us. There has been some decline in birthrate in the U.S., that could be part of it,” she said.
Patients may also require a higher level of care due to pregnancy complications.
As for nurses in the maternity ward, they will be able to take open positions at Trumbull Regional Medical Center. St. Joseph Hospital will take new staff, too.