We consider it a privilege to care for you during your pregnancy. As part of our commitment to your care, we would like to share some important news. After September 7, we will no longer be delivering babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, which has been a wonderful destination for maternity care for many years.
Why we are making this change
“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.”
If you were planning to deliver at St. Joseph’s, we hope that you will consider delivering with HealthEast at St. John’s or Woodwinds hospitals. If you were planning to deliver at St. John’s or Woodwinds, we look forward to caring for you.
St. John’s and Woodwinds offer:
- Prenatal care and delivery offered by family medicine doctors, certified nurse-midwives and obstetricians
- 24-hour coverage by board-certified obstetricians
- Prenatal, childbirth and parenting classes
- Family-centered care and home-like birthing suites
- Baby-Friendly designation
- Waterbirth options
- Special care nurseries and/or Neonatal ICU (NICU)
- Certified lactation consultants
- Support groups
If you have questions
Please first talk with your doctor or midwife to determine the best delivery plan for you and your baby. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call Jeanette Schwartz, Group Director, Women and Infants at 651-232-6705.
To read the news release, go here.