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East Liverpool City Hospital explains changes in services

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - East Liverpool City Hospital is reacting to what hospital officials say are concerns in the community over the future of services offered by the facility.

The hospital issued a statement on Wednesday, one week after they announced that obstetric and pediatric services would be discontinued as part of an effort to "right size" operations

The statement says that the hospital is not closing, but is consolidating the fifth floor (med-surge) into our fourth floor where more beds are being added.  The hospital will have 57 inpatient beds available. According to hospital officials, the daily average inpatient population is 37 patients.

After August 31st emergency obstetrics patients will be transferred to other area facilities to deliver their babies, however if time does not permit a transfer the baby will be delivered in the Emergency Room at ELCH.

Patients with gynecological surgeries that require being admitted will be admitted to the fourth floor for care.

Also after August 31st, pediatric patients will still be seen in the emergency room. If admission is necessary, hospital officials say that the child’s primary care physician and family will determine where they are admitted or transferred.

The following list of services will remain operational:

Emergency

Surgery Center

Medical Imaging

Cardiac Rehab Services

Cardiac Diagnostic Testing

Nursing Units; Intensive Care, Coronary Unit, and Medical Surgical

Sports Medicine

Behavioral Health for Seniors

Drug & Alcohol Medical Stabilization

Wound Care

Medical Education

Laboratory Testing

Therapy & Rehabilitation

Hospital officials said earlier that are continuing efforts to join a large health organization that executives say will give them leverage to compete in the healthcare market.

Last month, the hospital blamed the nurses rejection of a contract offer for the failure of an attempt to merge with Humility of Mary Health Partners.

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