Ministry Continues to serve Clark County moms
Neillsville Memorial Medical Center’s decision to end its birthing center deliveries doesn’t mean that Clark County mothers-to-be don’t have options for a safe and enjoyable birthing experience.
Staff on the Birth Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital have had a long-standing relationship with Neillsville Memorial Medical Center for many years, and have been working with them during the transition to decide how to best meet the needs of the patients.
“With the changes in health care delivery, it’s hard for smaller, community-based hospitals to offer all services to all patient populations,” said Ruthie Watt, RN, manager of the Birth Center and NICU at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. “So when they decided to close their birthing unit, we started to work with their family practice physicians and staff to decide how we could best help fill that gap.”
Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital is the only Perinatal Center in north central Wisconsin, with seven OB/GYN providers and three infant/maternal fetal medicine/perinatologists on staff 24 hours a day. There are seven labor/delivery/recovery suites, and a C-section surgical suite on the unit. Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital also has the highest level of Neonatal Intensive Care north of Milwaukee. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this summer, it is located just down the hall from the Birth Center. In addition, there are pediatricians on-site who specialize in virtually every pediatric subspecialty available, including cardiology, endocrinology, oncology/hematology, infectious disease, pulmonary and gastroenterology/hepatology.
“In the past if a mother and/or baby needed a higher level of care that wasn’t available at Neillsville, we have provided that,” Watt said. “So this is just an expansion of that patient-centered care that we’ve been doing all these years.”