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Release Date: 03/10/2016

In view of the news reports and social media attention to the situation with the obstetrics service at Memorial Hospital, we want to offer some assurance to our valued patients and their families, as well as to the community-at-large. At this point, there is no set date for the transition of the Memorial obstetrics unit. We need to work with state officials in reviewing and receiving approval on our plans before any changes can occur. We will continue to keep the Memorial unit open during this period, and will reach out to those patients scheduled to deliver at Memorial to advise them of any changes. In the meantime, maternity patients should continue to plan on delivering at Memorial.

We realize that the birth of a new baby should be a joyous time, and, if you have felt stress or anxiety about this situation, we deeply regret it. We are focused on providing a safe, positive and supportive environment for your birth experience, and all of us will be working with you to ensure it.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.