Lower Bucks Hospital to close maternity unit by Dec. 31

Posted: November 20, 2012

Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol will stop delivering babies as early as Dec. 31, the hospital said.

The move follows years of weak financial performance in the unit and the recent departure of Lower Bucks' busiest obstetrical practice, the Center for Woman's Health in Langhorne, for Capital Health's new hospital in Hopewell Township, Mercer County.

"It is with great regret that we have to end such a wonderful and long-standing service," said Peter Adamo, regional chief executive for Prime Health Care Services Inc., a for-profit company based in California that owns Lower Bucks and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia.

"But if we want to save the hospital and provide first-class care to the community," Adamo said, "these sorts of actions are necessary as we rebuild the hospital for long-term success."

With the move, Lower Bucks joins a long line of hospitals that have decided to close maternity units. The region lost 17 units between 1997 and 2009.


Contact Harold Brubaker at 215-854-4651 or hbrubaker@phillynews.com.

 

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