September 11, 2013
Message To Our Community
The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, acting on a recommendation by the hospitalís
administration, has elected to close the Maternity Center as a step to ensure the
hospitalís long-term financial health. Hospital officials have determined that there
are insufficient numbers of births at the hospital to continue supporting the service.
As of Friday, September 20, 2013, the Memorial Hospital Maternity Center
will not deliver babies and will be closed.
It is with great regret that we have to end such a wonderful and long-standing service.
This is not a decision that we took lightly.
According to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP),
Memorial Hospital is one of many hospitals in Pennsylvania forced to discontinue
delivering babies because of the combination of declining birth numbers and
in recruiting physicians.
Plans have been made to ensure the continuation of local prenatal services in
our community. Doctors are working with their obstetrical patients to plan for
a smooth transition of prenatal care as well as planning for the birth of their
child at another birthing facility.
We understand that this decision to close the Memorial Hospital Maternity Center
affects many peopleís lives. We deeply appreciate people, like you, who have
utilized this community hospital over the past half-century for maternity services.
We applaud our Maternity Center staff for the exceptional nursing care they provide.
The origin of Memorial Hospital dates back to 1925 when Mrs. Hila C. Mills opened
the Mills Maternity and Convalescent Home located on South Main Street in Towanda.
We honor and appreciate this rich heritage. Memorial Hospitalís history is full of
dynamic individuals whose integrity, hard work, generosity, boundless energy and
vision have paved the way to make Memorial Hospital an integral part of our community today.
We would like to assure you that we at Memorial Hospital will do our best to meet
and exceed your expectations - now and into the future.
Gary A. Baker
Memorial Hospital President and CEO
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