Major South Bay Medical Center Shutting Down Delivery Department for Pregnant Patients

Matt Bigler
March 30, 2020 - 8:56 pm
Regional Medical Center in San Jose

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A major medical center is shutting down its delivery department for pregnant patients, and the for-profit company that owns the hospital said it has nothing to do with coronavirus.

Regional Medical Center, which serves East San Jose, has announced it is shutting down its women and children’s department after May 30. 

Dr. Kenneth Phan, chairman of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department, told KCBS Radio that patients will now have to drive to West San Jose or Mountain View to have their babies.

“Since the founding of this hospital, we’ve always been a part of this community,” Dr. Phan said. “I just feel sad for my patients.”

He estimated that about 90 nurses will be laid off and claimed the hospital’s owners are doing this while the pandemic dominates the news.

“When coronavirus is done and gone, guess what, we will no longer have this kind of service to our patients on the east side of town,” Dr. Phan said.

But Sarah Sherwood, spokesperson for The Hospital Corporation of America, said its decision is unrelated to COVID-19 and the medical center is simply making room for more emergency services.

“If there is an emergency, they will be covered,” Sherwood told KCBS Radio. 

Sherwood assured that if there is no emergency, it will only take “12 to 15 minutes” to get to Good Samaritan Hospital, where pregnant patients will be transferred after the department closes. 

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