Faced with budgetary shortcomings with the maternity ward at Colusa Regional Medical Center (CRMC), administrative staff and board members made the difficult decision to suspend the department until further notice.
The closure is due to the small number of deliveries in Colusa County and the diminishing reimbursement from the state.
“We lose about $7,000 with every baby we deliver and about a $1 Million dollars annually,” said CRMC CEO Walt Beck.
Beck commented that the hospital leadership, the board of directors, and medical staff have been taking a critical look at the services provided at the hospital and what value they bring to the community.
“The funds saved can be spent in a way that has a greater overall impact on the health and well-being of the community,” said Beck.
Beck also stressed that the recent opening of the Women’s Center will not be affected by the closing of the Obstetrics program.
“The Women’s Center was developed to address those areas of women’s health that are more representative of the demographic we serve,” said Beck.
Additionally, Emergency Maternity Services are still available through the hospital’s Emergency Room.
For more information contact the Colusa Regional Medical Center at (530) 458-5821.