UnityPoint Health® Announces Service Change in Muscatine
(Muscatine, IA – February 5, 2020) – In an effort to better serve the Muscatine community, UnityPoint Health® is announcing a temporary pause to its labor and delivery services at Trinity Muscatine hospital. The decision will allow leaders to explore potential opportunities to provide expectant mothers with better consistency in physician coverage and a quality health care experience they’re looking for. The pause in service will begin February 7.
“We believe this is the right thing to do for our patients and our community. Like other health systems across the nation, we are challenged to recruit and retain OB/GYN physicians at rural hospitals. We want every mother to have a great experience they expect in UnityPoint Health and physician coverage challenges impact that. We expect this pause to be temporary while we continue conversations toward a long-term sustainable solution the community deserves,” says Robert J. Erickson, President & CEO, UnityPoint Health – Trinity.
UnityPoint Health is currently working with other health care facilities to provide excellent care options for labor and delivery needs. Providers are working with expectant mothers to create and coordinate a personalized birth plan best suited to their needs. Some options include UnityPoint Health – Trinity’s BirthPlace in Bettendorf and Moline, and University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. These facilities also offer access to enhanced newborn care and 24/7 neonatology coverage.
“We truly want what’s best for the people of Muscatine and that means making these types of decisions. This decision is not driven by financial gain. This is about how to provide a great experience for the people we serve so they can focus on what matters most. We hope to provide more information in the near future,” says Erickson.