Reminder: Maternity, gynecology services end next week at Salem Regional

SALEM — Maternity and gynecology services at Salem Regional Medical Center are scheduled to come to an end next week. The hospital originally announced services would end July 1, 2017.

The hospital previously said the area’s birth rate dropped 15.6 percent from 2009 to 2017. Officials say the average number of babies born at SRMC has dropped to 1.1 births per day, and that only 423 babies were born in the hospital in 2017, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

Also, officials said the early closing of the maternity unit will not change the June 30 practice closing date for Salem Women’s Health Partners.

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