The Titusville Area Hospital board of directors voted to discontinue Obstetrical Services at Titusville Area Hospital effective Thursday, April 10, 2014. The decision was made after years of declining births and continued difficulty with trying to recruit obstetricians to cover the Titusville region. During the past six-months, Titusville had 71 births or about 12 births per month.
“Staffing a unit for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for so few births is not economically feasible,” said Anthony J. Nasralla, FACHE, Titusville Area Hospital president and CEO, “The hospital has subsidized this service and just cannot continue to do so.”
The decision to discontinue obstetrical services was made easier with the guarantee that a high-quality health care facility, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, would have enough capacity to handle additional obstetric care volume from the Titusville area.
In addition, Titusville Area Hospital will also offer emergency obstetrical and gynecological services through the Titusville Area Hospital emergency department which is staffed with a physician 24/7 and a certified obstetric nurse will be available to assist and evaluate any patient who may come to the hospital with obstetrical concerns or problems.
“We believe that Titusville Hospital is an important asset to this community and we also believe that we can help to make our services meet the needs and demands of the community in a better way,” commented Nasralla.
Leonard Ferreira, MD, the only practicing obstetrician in the Titusville area, plans to continue to provide obstetrical care at Saint Vincent Hospital, in Erie and, most importantly, will continue to provide per-natal and gynecological services in the Titusville community to ensure the continuity of care.
Saint Vincent Hospital is dedicated to meeting the individual health care needs of women at every age and providing access to the area’s top health experts. Expectant mothers benefit from highly experienced physicians and nurses-all in the comfort of a new $8 million Mother and Baby Center. Saint Vincent’s Level III neonatal intensive care unit features dedicated neonatologists and is the first choice of doctors and hospitals throughout the region. Saint Vincent is also a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, one of only 170 in the country.
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