The hospital delivered about 200 babies each year since restarting its obstetrics program in 2005. It received a grant worth $500,000 to expand its hospital in 2010.
Chairman of the Board, the Honorable David C. Klementik, expressed the feelings of the board by stating, "It is with heavy hearts that we inform the community that Windber Medical Center will be discontinuing its obstetric services." He remarked that it was a difficult decision, but coupled with the recent and potential future changes in WMC OB providers, industry trends and market analysis, the board concluded that the timeliness and cost of recruiting a new team of obstetricians may not be feasible and therefore, may not serve in the hospital's or communities best interest.
The hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices