Bayfront Health Seven Rivers to End Newborn Services | local news

Bayfront Health Seven Rivers to End Newborn Services |  local news

About 80% of those babies were born in Citrus County and 20% of expectant Citrus County mothers went elsewhere to deliver. In 2009, there were 1,091 births to women who were Citrus County residents, according to Florida HealthCharts, which tracks Florida health trends for the Florida Department of Health. In 2019, that number fell to 1,029, and reflected a years-long trend of fewer births here.

Linda Stockton, CEO of Bayfront Health Seven Rivers Get more from the Citrus County Chronicle

Special to the Chronicle “This has been a very difficult decision. However, fewer births are occurring at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers and this coincides with the increasing average age of our population,” said hospital CEO, Linda Stockton.

Crystal River Mayor Joe Meek said he is saddened by the closure but understands the reasoning behind it. “While I’m disappointed, obviously it has been a very important service in Crystal River, I understand it’s a business decision and I respect that,” Meek told the Chronicle. In 2019, Seven Rivers delivered about 300 babies annually. Citrus Memorial delivered about 500.

From 2015-2020 Bayfront Health Seven Rivers experienced a 27% decrease in births and even fewer are projected this year, she said. Stockton said Seven Rivers experienced an even steeper decline.

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