At a press conference Monday afternoon, Kewanee Hospital officials announced the closing of the birthing center.
Hospital officials cited lack of reimbursement together with the recession as the cause of the closure.
“It is truly unfortunate that we are forced to make this decision,” stated Gary Pheiffer, Kewanee Hospital Board Chairperson. “However, due to the lack of state funding there really is no other choice without jeopardizing Kewanee Hospital’s ability to serve the community into the future.”
The Hospital is currently seeking a permanent closure permit with the state. The Family Birthing Center will remain in operation through the month of July and will work with current patients on a plan for deliveries after July 31, 2010. Current expecting patients are encouraged to talk with their doctor for delivery options or may contact the Hospital’s Patient Advocate at (309) 852-7897.
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