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Southwestern Pennsylvania Hospital Will Stop Delivering Babies Partly Due to Obamacare

Newborn Jesse Emmanuel Espinoaza, who was born at 12:04 a.m. on New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, lays in blankets at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. Credit: AP

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WINDBER, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can't afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others are shifting their focus more to gynecology.

Hospital officials say the population of women of child-bearing age is dropping and that the number of births the hospital would be called upon to perform isn't enough for it to provide the service in the face of lower reimbursements under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital posted a lengthy statement to its website on Wednesday.

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"We understand this change will be difficult for some of our dedicated employees and are working closely with the Human Resources Department to provide assistance as able throughout the transition and beyond to place them in other areas where there are opportunities due to openings and / or growth within the facility," the statement reads.

The hospital delivered about 200 babies each year since restarting its obstetrics program in 2005.

Officials aren't sure how many jobs will be lost.


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