Van Diest Medical Center to Close Obstetric Unit

August 15, 2018

Van Diest Medical Center Collaborates with The Gabrielson Clinic for Future Obstetric Care and Deliveries

WEBSTER CITY, IA │ Van Diest Medical Center officials have announced plans to collaborate with The Gabrielson Clinic for Women as changes to the hospital’s delivery model for obstetric (OB) services take place.

An ongoing and extensive review of the OB service line over the past four years has shown a steady decrease in the volume of births at Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC). “Due to lower birth volumes, with input from our specialists and providers, and in evaluating the availability and proximity of other obstetrical providers in our community and surrounding areas, we have made the decision to close The Family Birth Place effective October 12, 2018,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lisa Ridge stated. After this date, obstetric delivery services will no longer be offered at Van Diest Medical Center.

The priority at this time is to ensure a smooth transition for obstetric healthcare services with seamless continuity of care for all current expectant patients at VDMC. “We have an opportunity to collaborate with the specialists at The Gabrielson Clinic for Women, who have medical staff privileges at several hospitals in the area, to assume obstetrical care of our expectant mothers through labor and delivery, should they choose to transition to one of their providers,” shared Ridge. With excellent family medicine, women’s health and pediatric physicians and advanced-level practitioners providing these services at Van Diest Family Health Clinics in Webster City, Jewell and Stratford, patients are invited to resume post-partum and family care at any of the three locations following delivery.

As a Critical Access Hospital, the evaluation of each service line remains a constant priority. With the healthcare industry facing unprecedented challenges, hospitals both large and small must implement leaner principles to remain financially sustainable while continuing to provide exceptional care. “Van Diest Medical Center remains focused on strategic priorities and initiatives that will enhance our growth with new service potential for patients in our market. As an organization, we are committed to offering expanded services to support our future viability and to ensure high-quality healthcare continues for generations to come,” CEO Ridge shared.

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