SMCS & Springfield Hospital Boards Carefully Consider Continuation of Childbirth Center Services

I want to keep you updated on the realities management faces as we work to make decisions that will help to improve the organization’s financial situation.

The Boards of both Springfield Medical Care Systems and Springfield Hospital are now listening to all perspectives about the continuation of childbirth services at the Hospital. The voices staff, medical staff, and the community are all important.

This is a decision the administration and Board members have taken very seriously, recognizing the quality of the Center and the point of pride it represents for generations of families. Simply put, however, the childbirth service is not financially sustainable in its current design given the low birth numbers and high operating costs. Springfield Hospital served mothers who delivered 152 births last fiscal year, down from 163 in 2017, and costs have consistently outpaced revenues.

As you know, the Hospital is facing serious financial challenges and all service lines are being carefully reviewed to determine the best approach to align community needs with sustainable services. Other options for childbirth services are being examined for a service redesign, and include possible addition of a midwifery program or collaboration with other healthcare organizations to determine how best to meet the needs of the community in a fiscally sustainable way.

The Board will be meeting Tuesday evening, March 19th. In the meantime, please know that all input and factors are being taken into consideration and the decision will be made in the best interest of the future of this organization and the region we serve.

Thank you for your continued understanding during this difficult process.

Michael Halstead, MBA
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Springfield Hospital