LABOR AND DELIVERY SERVICES COULD BE ENDING AT BAYLOR SCOTT AND WHITE

  

UPDATE AT 4:30 p.m.

Brenham’s Baylor Scott and White Hospital could be discontinuing Labor and Delivery Services.

Local members of the Baylor Scott & White Board have been asked to attend a special Board meeting next Thursday concerning Labor and Delivery Care.  A post on social media that has been widely shared, says a vote will be taken on Thursday to eliminate Labor and Delivery Services at the Brenham hospital due to it not being profitable.  When asked about the possibility of this being true, Baylor Scott & White officials referred to an official statement which was released this (Friday) afternoon.

The official statement reads:  "Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to offering high-quality care to the communities it serves, and evolving with them as well. As such, more than $4 million has recently been committed to growing services in the Brenham area. We are constantly looking at opportunities with these priorities in mind and with guidance and direction from the leadership of our hospital board, comprised of three healthcare professionals and eight Washington County community members. We remain dedicated to sharing news about any changes to service offerings as soon as it becomes available."

Local Baylor Scott & White Board members say they have only been given the topic of the meeting, and have not been told whether the Company intends to eliminate Labor and Delivery Services at the Brenham hospital.

UPADATE AT 4 p.m.

UPDATE: Baylor Scott & White Hospital has issued a statement addressing the possible discontinuation of Labor and Delivery Services at its Brenham Hospital. Local members of the Baylor Scott & White Board have been asked to attend a special Board meeting next Thursday concerning Labor and Delivery Care. The official statement reads: "Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to offering high-quality care to the communities it serves, and evolving with them as well. As such, more than $4 million has recently been committed to growing services in the Brenham area. We are constantly looking at opportunities with these priorities in mind and with guidance and direction from the leadership of our hospital board, comprised of three healthcare professionals and eight Washington County community members. We remain dedicated to sharing news about any changes to service offerings as soon as it becomes available."

Local Baylor Scott & White Board members say they have only been given the topic of the meeting, and have not been told whether the Company intends to eliminate Labor and Delivery Services at the Brenham hospital.

UPDATE at 3 p.m.

UPDATE: Megan Hoffman, spokesperson for Baylor Scott & White Hospital - Brenham, tells KWHI News that she has been working on an official statement on behalf of the company. However, Hoffman says nothing has been approved for release yet. Hospital Vice President of Operations, John O'Hearn, declined comment on next week's Board meeting, saying that everyone is being referred to Hoffman so that the Company speaks with one voice.

A post is making the rounds on social media concerning the future of Labor and Delivery Care at Brenham’s Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center in Brenham has shared a post on Facebook that says the Board of Directors for Brenham Baylor Scott & White will hold a special meeting next Thursday concerning Labor and Delivery services at the hospital.

The post says the Board will be presented with a proposal to discontinue those services at the Brenham hospital because they are not “profitable”.

So far, KWHI News has been able to confirm that “Labor and Delivery Care” is the topic of next Thursday’s Board meeting.  However, we have not confirmed that they will consider a proposal to discontinue those services.

Baylor Scott & White Hospital has always billed itself as a “non-profit” organization.  Earlier this fall it was announced that Baylor Scott & White would be merging with the Memorial Hermann Health System.  KWHI News will continue investigating this story, and will have more details later this afternoon.

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