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Touchette to transition labor and delivery services to Memorial Hospital

CENTREVILLE – Touchette Regional Hospital has announced it will be transitioning care for its labor and delivery patients to Memorial Hospital Belleville.

The change will be effective June 30 or sooner based upon final approval of a Certificate of Exemption by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

Under the change all Touchette labor and delivery patients will receive care for their deliveries at the Memorial Hospital Belleville campus by Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation providers.

According to Larry McCulley, president and CEO of Tuchette, the regional shift in population has lowered the annual deliveries at Touchette Regional to just over 250 deliveries each year, a decrease of 66 percent in the last decade.

“We are working closely with Memorial Hospital Belleville on the transition. Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation OB/GYN providers will be on the medical staff at Memorial Belleville and we have formed a team to make this transition as seamless as possible.” added McCulley. “Our team looks forward to working with Memorial Hospital Belleville to support labor and delivery services for our patients.”

The change in service location will allow TRH the opportunity to focus efforts and resources towards its outpatient specialty and behavioral health services. TRH continues to grow access and service line support for behavioral health and medical services. The Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at Touchette Regional Hospital opened in 2016 as one of only a few behavioral health facilities in the State of Illinois south of Springfield.

Following the transition of labor and delivery services to Memorial Hospital Belleville, Touchette will shift 10 inpatient beds from the OB/GYN services to its Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, expanding what the hospital says is much-needed care for behavioral health patients in the region.

Memorial Hospital Belleville delivered more than 800 babies in 2016. The Family Care Birthing Center at Memorial offers 24/7 neonatology coverage and a variety of childbirth education classes.

 – From the Illinois Business Journal

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