Mayo Clinic Health System is moving labor and delivery services to Eau Claire from Barron, Menomonie

EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE)-Mayo Clinic Health System has taken the difficult decision to transfer job and delivery services from Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron and Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Labor and delivery services at Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron transitioned Friday, Aug. 26, as Mayo Clinic Health System began a planned modernization of the operating rooms at that location. Birth services will continue at Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie through the end of 2022. The transition of birth services from Mayo Clinic — Red Cedar in Menomonie to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will take effect in Jan. 1, 2023

Prenatal care (12-15 office visits during pregnancy) and postpartum care (office visits after delivery), OB-Nest (virtual prenatal program) and gynecology services will continue to be provided at Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron and Mayo Clinic — Red Cedar in Menomonie.

Providing excellent delivery services to patients requires 24/7 OB/GYN coverage to ensure appropriate support for unexpected events during labor and delivery, such as emergency caesarean sections. After October, Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron will have no OB/GYN, and Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie will have one OB/GYN. With continuous coverage by a regional obstetrician-gynecologist, birth services will continue at Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie through the end of 2022.

Mayo Clinic Health System has been aggressively recruiting for several open OB/GYN positions over the past two years. These relentless efforts have failed to fill these critical physician vacancies, reflecting the worsening OB/GYN shortage across the country.

“We are extremely grateful for the contributions of our labor and delivery staff and the excellent care they have provided in Barron and Menomonie for many years,” says Richard Helmers, Ph.D, regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin. “Our teams in Barron and Menomonie will continue to provide exceptional, high-quality prenatal and postpartum care, along with gynecological services, to best serve the health needs of our patients. Mayo Clinic Health System isn’t leaving Barron, nor is Menomonie. We have thriving clinical and surgical practices at both locations. Hospital labor and birth are the only services that are transitioning.”

The transfer of labor and delivery services to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will offer patients the most comprehensive care available in Northwest Wisconsin in one location. Eau Claire offers a Level 2 Pediatric Special Care Unit, providing a higher level of care than that offered at the critical access hospital locations at Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron and Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie .

It is now standard practice for all high-risk pregnancies to be delivered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Because of its close collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System can provide immediate consultations with Mayo Clinic Rochester’s world-renowned neonatology experts.

“It is an honor to serve the residents of Northwest Wisconsin, and we appreciate the confidence they have placed in us,” said Jason Craig, Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin Regional Administration Chair. “We understand the uncertainty this may cause. Mayo Clinic Health System remains fully committed to providing the best care. Our prenatal care providers will work directly with patients to coordinate labor and delivery care with us Family birthing center in Eau Claire. Our top priorities are to ensure a seamless transition for patients, ensuring a positive birth experience and keeping all staff engaged.”

Patients are notified that they have the opportunity to make plans to have their baby at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire or Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie until the end of 2022 and at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire thereafter January 1, 2023 Patients who have routine questions about pregnancy can call the number of the clinic where they are being treated. Patients experiencing labor can call the Mayo Clinic Health System Family Birth Center in Eau Claire at 715-838-3135. Family Birth Center staff can answer questions and be prepared for the patient’s arrival. In case of emergency, patients should call 911.

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