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Nevada Health Services to discontinue OB services in Clark County

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The door to a Nevada Health Centers OB facility is displayed in this image from Sept. 30, 2016. (Source: FOX5) The door to a Nevada Health Centers OB facility is displayed in this image from Sept. 30, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Nevada Health Centers on Friday announced it will soon discontinue obstetrical care services in Clark County.

The program will stop accepting new patients Monday and officially discontinue services on Dec. 29, 2016.

Currently, the OB program provides prenatal, delivery and post-partum care to about 1,000 patients in Clark County every year. A release stated current patients will be referred to other providers.

“Community health providers like Nevada Health Centers are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our community. We are a community safety net, and we take great pride in being able to serve those in need,” said NVHC Chief Executive Officer Walter Davis. “Sometimes, despite best intentions, the financial challenges of maintaining certain programs or services lines, such as OB, become too great without having a sustainable community partner, and we have made a difficult decision in order to preserve our core primary-care mission.”

Clark County OB patients will receive notices about the program closure.

“We will make every effort to help our patients navigate this transition with as little disruption as possible,” Davis said.

NVHC officials said possible alternatives for patients may be the Nevada School of Medicine and University Medical Center’s Baby Steps program.

“We see more than 45,000 patients every year in our health centers, including 1,000 OB patients, and we spend a disproportionally large amount of funding to help cover the OB patients - which is only two percent of our total patient volume,” Davis said.

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