Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fortunans: Don't Close the Baby Dept.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

In this week’s issue of the Journal (paper version out on the street now, web version up tomorrow, Nov. 28), we write about a shortage of ob-gyn docs in Humboldt, and how St. Joseph Health System’s talk of possibly closing down Redwood Memorial Hospital’s OB program might be one of several influencing factors.

Now, in a news release this afternoon, Erin Dunn, CEO of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, says there will be a community meeting Dec. 5 to talk about the potential closure of Redwood Memorial’s OB program. 

Here's the chamber's announcement:

THE MATERNITY CENTER AT REDWOOD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK!

ATTEND THIS COMMUNITY MEETING SO YOUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, RIVER LODGE, FORTUNA @ NOON

Losing the Obstetrics program will harm the viability of Redwood Memorial Hospital. Residents of the Eel River Valley and Southern Humboldt will have to travel to Eureka to have their babies.

The Board of Trustees will be deciding the fate of this program soon!

Attend this community meeting and voice your concern.

For information about the meeting, please contact Erin Dunn @ the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. 707-725-3959.

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