Hospital Baby Increase?

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Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green announced in April that it would discontinue its Obstetrics Services.

This change took effect about a month ago and the Medical Center in Bowling Green has noticed an influx of patients, but they are assuring expectant mothers that it isn't more than they can handle.

Now that the Greenview Regional Hospital has stopped delivering babies patients are left with only one hospital to go to in Bowling Green.

Kathleen Riley, the Vice-President of OB Behavioral Services at the Medical Center, says even before Greenview closed their Obstetric Services the Medical Center noticed a change, and now that they are the only hospital in town delivering babies there has been a significant increase.

"Two weeks ago we had a very high increase in admissions and deliveries. Since that time it's tapered off, so I wouldn't describe it as a baby boom but it has been a rather dramatic increase", says Riley.

Riley says that this increase isn't uncommon and it is just the way the OB operates.

"Even before Greenview closed we would have times when we were full to overflowing and times when we had relatively few deliveries", says Riley.

To help any increases the hospital may see, Riley says the hospital has brought more staff on board and have opened up more beds.

They have also started reconstruction on their labor and delivery area.

"This is to expand our labor and delivery rooms and develop some triage rooms so we can open up some labor and delivery rooms for people who are actually in labor", says Riley.

With a 56-million dollar expansion possibly in the works for the hospital, which will add 120,000 square feet and 110 new jobs, workers are hoping that this will cut down on the influx of patients.

This expansion could also mean a relocation for obstetric services.

"This would allow us to have a lot more room, more beds, more capacity for our Neonatal Intensive Care unit, more labor and delivery rooms. I think it will just really accommodate the growing needs of this community."

Riley says that the hospital has not turned any expectant mothers away and that they are welcoming any expectant mothers who may have questions or concerns about this recent increase to call the hospital or take a tour to help ease their fears.