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.
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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.