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HealthEast to Discontinue Maternity Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital


St. Paul, Minn., July 25, 2017 — HealthEast today announced that maternity care services at St. Joseph's Hospital will be discontinued effective Sept. 10 due to more patients choosing to have their babies at other facilities, including HealthEast St. John’s and Woodwinds hospitals.

“We routinely evaluate volumes and market projections to ensure our services are aligned with the needs of our communities,” said John Kvasnicka, MD, vice president, Medical Affairs. “Those projections show that more moms-to-be will be delivering their babies at our St. John's Hospital in Maplewood and Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury while we see a steady decline of maternity patients at St. Joseph’s with no projected improvement in the future. While this was not an easy decision, this change will ensure that we can provide the right care environment to deliver the best patient experience, invest in the facilities where we see increased growth and continue to provide safe and high-quality destinations for care.

St. John’s and Woodwinds have both been recognized nationally for providing high-quality care and patient experience. St. Joseph’s hospital continues to see growth and receive recognition for excellence in Mental Health and Addiction services, Heart Care, Neuroscience and Emergency Services.

“Our St. Joseph’s maternity team has had a longstanding commitment to exceptional patient care, and we thank them for establishing that good reputation,” said Deb Hurd, vice president, chief nursing officer. “Our maternity care centers depend on consistent patient volumes to operate effectively and efficiently and maintain the best care experience for our patients and families.”

A cross-functional team is now working through the transition of maternity care and residency programs from St. Joseph’s to other HealthEast hospitals to ensure a seamless experience for east metro families, families-to be, and HealthEast care teams. Maternity patients will be admitted at St. Joseph’s through Sept. 7, 2017 and the unit will close on Sept. 10.

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About HealthEast
HealthEast, part of the Fairview Health Services family, is the leading health care provider in the Twin Cities East Metro area. From prevention to cure, HealthEast meets the needs of the community with family health and specialty programs that span four hospitals – Bethesda Hospital, St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus – plus primary care and specialty clinics, ambulatory services, home care, hospice and medical transportation. HealthEast has nearly 7,500 employees and nearly 800 employed and aligned providers. Our focus is optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.