Holyoke Medical Center issued a formal notice to state health officials about its decision to permanently close its maternity services unit on October 1, 2020. The 90-day notice sent to the state Department of Public Health from the hospital comes exactly one month after the medical center notified the state of its intention to permanently close its 13-bed obstetrics unit and 10-bassinet infant nursery.
The hospital’s Birthing Center was temporarily closed in early April to house individuals from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. A public hearing on the medical center’s proposal to close its Birthing Center will be held on July 28. The decision to close the hospital’s Birthing Center was due to low utilization of its services as well as financial feasibility.
Founded in 1893, Holyoke Medical Center is a 198-bed facility with 1,200 employees. Holyoke Medical Center admits more than 7,500 individuals, while the Emergency Department currently experiences an annual volume of more than 45,000 visits.
This was reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 3, 2020.
Contact information: Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040; 413-534-2500; Website: www.holyokehealth.com