SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center is discontinuing labor and delivery services starting Sept. 1, 2020.
In a statement released Thursday, the hospital said the decision was made after a review and examination of the community's health care needs.
“We are committed to adapting to the changing health care needs of the community,” said Beth Hughes, President of MercyOne Western Iowa Region. “This decision was not taken lightly. We continually review the medical services we provide to ensure we are meeting our mission of transforming the health of our community.”
MercyOne says it will continue to serve labor and delivery patients and families through Aug. 31 and is collaborating with area providers to notify patients of this change to transition care.
Obstetrics colleagues will be provided with opportunities to join other areas of care within MercyOne Siouxland.
“We are proud of the excellent patient care and services our labor and delivery colleagues have provided over the years,” said Hughes. “It is our role to respond to the region’s changing health care needs, and we look forward to welcoming our colleagues to serve in other areas of our healing ministry to best serve our patients and communities.”
Recently, MercyOne Siouxland has made investments in new and expanded programs, which include its cardiac surgery department.
In May, MercyOne introduced the first adult and geriatric medicine clinic to the Siouxland area. And earlier in 2020, the hospital expanded its interventional radiology program with new state-of-the-art equipment allowing minimally invasive interventional radiology.