Reynolds Memorial Hospital Closing Birth Center Oct. 1

Reynolds Memorial Hospital will close its New Generations Birth Center Oct. 1, leaving approximately 10 employees without a job.

“This was a difficult and emotional decision,” hospital Chief Executive Officer Jay Prager said. “However, we are focusing our resources on programs and services that are most beneficial to the community. This is consistent with our mission.”

The hospital issued a press release Friday announcing the closure. Attempts to reach hospital officials for further comment were unsuccessful.

Displaced employees will be offered comparable positions when vacancies occur, the release stated.

The hospital will still perform a full array of gynecological services and surgery.

Expecting patients will be directed to birthing centers in Wheeling.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital is referring patient questions to its public relations department at 304-843-3254.