Providence Hospital’s board of directors is scheduled to vote today on a staff proposal to shut down the labor and delivery unit at Providence Hospital Northeast.
Providence doesn’t deliver babies at its downtown facility, and it has only eight beds in the labor and delivery unit at Providence Northeast, according to hospital spokesperson Lauren Chess.
Providence delivers about 300 babies each year, many fewer than the other local hospitals – Palmetto Health and Lexington Medical Center. As hospitals nationwide continue to look for efficiencies, some have jettisoned smaller departments.
The Providence labor and delivery unit has a staff of about 30 people. Those who wish to stay with Providence will be offered other jobs in the hospital system if the board approves of the proposal, Chess said.