Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton is making a change to their women's health services.
The hospital says they will no longer be delivering babies at its Carrollton location. The last day of scheduled deliveries will be January 24, 2018, and the OB and NICU service line will be closed, effective January 31, 2018.
Baylor says they discussed stopping this service line for more than six months before coming to a decision.
"The decision to close our OB and NICU service line at our Carrollton hospital was necessitated by several factors, including changing market demographics, continued volume decline, recent reduction in obstetrical coverage and difficulty recruiting new physicians to the market," they wrote in a statement to WFAA.
The hospital says their volumes have declined throughout the years and are now one-third of what they were in 2014.
As for the 46 employees affected, Baylor says they are working to find a placement for them at other locations in the Baylor system.
On Friday, Charles B. Heath, Metrocrest Hospital Authority CEO, released the following statement:
We are deeply disappointed and troubled by the decision by the Baylor Scott & White Health Care system to close the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Carrollton as of January 31, 2018.
“At the time the Baylor Health Care System leased our hospital in 2009, they committed to making it the ‘best place to give and receive safe, quality compassionate care,’" said Charles B. Heath, Metrocrest Hospital Authority CEO. “We do not believe the decision to end these services lives up to the commitment Baylor made to the community.”
The mission of the Metrocrest Hospital Authority is to be a catalyst for access to quality health care through partnerships that will improve the health of our community. Our Carrollton hospital is a 216-bed acute care facility on a 57-acre campus supported by three medical buildings and is an important part of fulfilling this mission.
“To that end we have always been committed to working with Baylor Scott & White to assist with physician recruitment and community relations to make the hospital a success.
“What makes this decision even more disappointing is that Baylor Scott & White invested more than $53 million in capital improvements in the hospital since 2009 and has a lease to operate the hospital through 2033,” said Heath.
Our quality hospital, outstanding professional staff, convenient location with affordable professional office space on campus and a fast-growing population should provide an excellent environment for recruiting quality health care providers who will be referral sources to the hospital.
“We believe Baylor Scott & White has made a commitment to our community, and we hope they would work more closely with us to find ways to maintain and improve services for the communities we have both agreed to serve,” said Heath.