As Kimball Medical Center prepares for the anticipated closure of its obstetrical unit and newborn nursery, obstetric deliveries are being transitioned from Kimball to other Barnabas Health facilities.
The unit was expected to shut on May 1, as first reported on TLS in January, but is actually being shut a bit ahead of schedule.
KMC says they are working to place the impacted employees in other potions throughout the Barnabas network.
“Kimball Medical Center has worked closely with Community and Monmouth Medical Centers to identify positions at other Barnabas Health facilities for impacted employees,” Spokesman John Brand tells TLS. “As we continue to provide access to high quality care in communities served by Barnabas Health facilities, our top priority remains patient care.”
Brand added, “To that end, we are proud of our efforts to retain as many of the high caliber nurses, physicians and staff of Kimball Medical Center as possible.”
In January, Barnabas Health announced its plans to merge Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood with Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch to create an integrated, regionalized, two-campus partnership. As such, Kimball Medical Center will be renamed Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
Currently, only 16 percent of Lakewood babies are delivered annually at Kimball Medical Center, while more than 50 percent of Lakewood babies are delivered at Monmouth Medical Center. Monmouth Medical Center is home to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, delivers nearly 5,000 babies each year, and has recently renovated and expanded its postpartum unit and newborn nursery.
These facilities which will absorb the former KMC deliveries include Monmouth Medical Center, and Community Medical Center, a trusted provider of maternal child services with a special care nursery, Brand says.