Trumbull Regional Closing Its Maternity Ward

WARREN, Ohio — In a statement released to the press Wednesday, Trumbull Regional Medical Center announced it would be closing its maternity ward on Dec. 31.

In the statement, a spokesperson for Trumbull Regional cited low patient demand as the reason for the closure.

“Despite our best efforts, patient demand has remained low, and Trumbull’s maternity ward remains significantly underutilized – a trend that began even prior to Steward taking ownership of the hospital,” the spokesperson said. “Trumbull’s maternity ward covers less than 15% of the babies delivered in the region annually.”

Steward Health Care, which owns and operates Trumbull Regional Medical Center, will continue to provide women’s services, including advanced robotic gynecological procedures and plans to expand such offerings for women, according to the statement.

For maternity care, Trumbull Regional advises patients go to Sharon Regional Medical Center in Mercer County, Pa., a Steward Family Hospital, which is about 18 miles, or 22 minutes, east of Trumbull Regional.

Residents can also seek maternity services at Mercy Health – St. Joseph Warren Hospital, which is just 1.5 miles from Trumbull Regional, and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, which is about 27 miles away.

In March 2018, Salem Regional Medical Center announced it would stop providing maternity services June 30 of that year.

As for care-providers and staff in Trumbull Regional’s maternity ward, the spokesperson said they will have the opportunity to take open positions within the hospital.

“We are extremely grateful to the talented and dedicated medical and professional staff in Trumbull’s maternity ward who care for patients every day – and we are here to support them during this transition.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.