Oh baby! Stephenville hospital postpones reopening labor and delivery services in September.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Hopes that Texas Health Harris Stephenville Hospital would resume labor and delivery services on Sept. 1 have been dashed.

Employees were notified of the decision on Tuesday, a source familiar with the situation told Beneath the Surface News.

A letter informing employees about the situation reads in part, “We just found out our new doctor that was supposed to join us on 9-1 will not be joining THS. We don’t know why but this will prevent our reopening as scheduled.”

The hospital announced in July 2019 that it would suspend labor and delivery services after local obstetricians either retired or left the hospital’s medical staff.

"We were planning to reopen Labor & Delivery services soon, but regrettably the OB-GYN who committed to relocate his practice to Stephenville notified hospital leadership that, for personal reasons, he will not be coming to our community," said Christopher Leu, president of Texas Health Stephenville. "We remain committed to reopening these services for the residents of Erath County and will continue our recruiting efforts to bring additional physicians to join the Texas Health Stephenville medical staff to make that happen.


"We apologize to any patients who had already scheduled appointments or whose course of treatment has been affected. We are reaching out to these individuals to assist them in finding options with other physicians."

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