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(Montclair, CA, May 2, 2024) – Today, Montclair Hospital Medical Center announced plans to begin closure of its Maternal Child Services, including obstetrics, labor and delivery, newborn nursery, and perinatal services, on September 1, 2024.

“Our team has had the privilege of delivering tens of thousands of babies to Montclair families, and the decision to close our program means we will redirect resources to where there is a greater community need,” said Gail Aviado, CEO of Montclair Hospital Medical Center. “Perinatal care, labor and delivery and neonatal services demand at our hospital has declined, and this leads us to focus on growing other essential services based on community need. Serving the healthcare needs of our patients today, and into the future, remains our top priority. Our community depends on us, and we will continue to invest in services that are most critically needed.”

California’s birth rate is at its lowest level in roughly 100 years, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The number of births has fallen from a peak in 1992 of 613,000 to 420,000 in 2021, with 2022 expected to show a similar trajectory. Montclair Hospital Medical Center has experienced this downward trend over recent years and is currently averaging less than one birth per day in its 30-bed unit.

The hospital will continue to provide gynecologic services, and emergency care will be provided for expectant mothers who may present at the Montclair Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department.

Montclair is an award-winning hospital that has been named to the “100 Top Hospitals” list by Merative (formerly IBM Watson Health) and received “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety multiple times. Montclair has also been recognized year over year with AHA Get with The Guidelines honors for its Heart Failure service and earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) by the American College of Emergency Physicians, ensuring that older patients receive well-coordinated, quality care.

A comprehensive transition plan is underway to ensure that expectant mothers have support for their delivery care plans and are connected to nearby hospitals. There are three hospitals within a 15-mile radius of Montclair Hospital Medical Center that provide obstetrics, labor and delivery, and newborn services. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is located four miles away, San Antonio Regional Medical Center is located six miles away, and Queen of the Valley Hospital is located 14 miles away from Montclair.

“We want to thank our obstetric, labor and delivery, and neonatology teams for their hard work and loyalty to patients, families, and Montclair Hospital Medical Center,” continued Aviado. “Our caregivers have helped thousands of families experience the birthing journey and welcome new loved ones into their lives.”

Employees impacted by this transition will be offered positions in other departments of the hospital or at other Prime Healthcare facilities.

Interested parties may direct comments to Gail Aviado, CEO, at (909) 625-8192, or Christopher Doan, Managing Associate General Counsel, at (310) 259-4706.


About Montclair Hospital Medical Center
Montclair Hospital Medical Center, a not-for-profit member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, was originally founded by a group of community physicians in 1973. Montclair Hospital, a 106-bed acute care hospital, received the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation award from IBM Watson Health, the Patient Safety Excellence award by Healthgrades, and the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Emergency Care. For more information visit Montclair-hospital.org.

Media Contact:
Roxanne Meyers
Email: Mmeyers1@primehealthcare.com
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