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Centegra to consolidate childbirth services, expand in-patient behavioral care

WOODSTOCK – Childbirth services in the Centegra Health System will be consolidated at its McHenry hospital to make room for expanded in-patient behavioral and mental health care.

By moving behavioral health care from its current location at Centegra Specialty Hospital – Woodstock on West South Street to where the obstetric unit is currently located in the hospital at Route 14 and Doty Road, Centegra will be able to increase its bed capacity to 34 from 24.

Other providers have closed their behavioral health care centers, and there is a growing need in the area for those services, said Jason Sciarro, Centegra's president and chief operating officer.

The expanded hospital setting will allow Centegra to segregate patients based on the level of care required and will allow for quick access to other medical care, he said.

To make room for the move, the obstetric services will be consolidated at a renovated childbirth center with more private rooms at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, a change Centegra says will lead to better outcomes and experiences for mothers and babies.

Plans for a proposed hospital in Huntley, expected to open in 2016, also include 20 obstetric beds, according to a news release.

The Centegra Hospital – Woodstock emergency department will continue to treat pregnant mothers in need, including delivering if necessary.

"While relocating or consolidating those services to McHenry represents a change, it allows us to increase our services and provide better services," Sciarro said. "I assume the public will respond positively to our health system using our resources wisely."

The hospital system needs approval from the Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board before making the changes.

If the review process proceeds as planned, the obstetric consolidation will occur around July 2014, with changes to the behavioral health care services to wrap up around January 2015,

Centegra does not expect the changes to lead to any reduction in workforce, the release said.

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