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Report: Plainview Hospital to Close Maternity Ward

Birth rate dropping at hospital; 15 maternity beds would be converted to a surgical unit.

Plainview Hospital is closing its maternity ward this fall. (File photo)
Plainview Hospital is closing its maternity ward this fall. (File photo)

Plainview Hospital's maternity ward will be closed and converted into a surgical center in the fall as part of ongoing changes in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. 

The hospital cited declining birth rates at Plainview Hospital, Newsday reported Tuesday. 

North Shore-LIJ applied to the state to decertify Plainview's 15-bed maternity ward, hospital spokesman Terry Lynam told Newsday. The space will be converted into medical surgical beds or operating rooms, he said.

There are 219 beds in the acute car hospital. There were more than 1,400 births at Plainview in 2011. This year, the number is expected to dip below 1,000, the hospital told Newsday.

Tell us: What's your take on the closing of the maternity ward; will it impact you?

If Plainview's maternity center closes, a move expected by Nov. 1, doctors said patients would be sent to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola or South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.




LS August 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Where will mothers go for delivery if Plainview Hospital's maternity unit is closed? Neither Mineola or Oceanside is that close--and what if their doctor isn't attending there? If there was reason to have a maternity unit for 1,400 babies, why isn't there a reason with 1,000 babies? That's still a significant number. It sounds as if the hospital just believes they can make more money with a surgical unit.
S. Joy August 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Disappointed to see this decision was made. The hospital provides a valuable service to the families it has cared for over the years in its maternity ward. It is a phenomenal staff with not only great local doctors but also midwives, nurses and supporting staff. Having a L&D ward meant not having to travel farther distances in case of emergency or for labor & birth.

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