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Milwaukie hospital to stop delivering babies on June 1

Providence Milwaukie’s hospital campus will stop providing inpatient maternity services starting June 1, although it will retain pre- and post-natal care for women.

Dave Underriner, chief operating officer of Providence’s statewide region, said consolidating inpatient labor and delivery services on the eastside at Providence Portland and Providence Willamette Falls in Oregon City will save an estimated $2 million during the next five years, which is part of the Providence region’s cost-reduction plan of $250 million during the next three years.

“This is a significant step in helping us keep our services affordable,” Underriner said.

Providence will be “in close communication” with patients through the transition and hopes to help locate a position for all affected employees who want to continue working within Providence, Underriner said. About 500 babies have been born each year at Providence Milwaukie.

“We know that this is a change and that many babies have been born here, and many generations of families hold a special place in their hearts for Providence Milwaukie,” he said. “We also are taking special consideration of our maternity employees and women’s health physician partners, since their excellent care and service is at the heart of what we do.”

Providence will answer questions the community may have about this change at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Mother Gamelin Conference Room, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, 10150 S.E. 32nd Ave.

Call 503-513-8404 with any questions about these forums.



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