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Community Calls For Penn Highlands To Halt Closures (WTAJ)

(WTAJ-TV) - When Penn Highlands Healthcare announced that it would be transitioning its labor and delivery services out of its hospital in Elk County back in February, the community began to push back, citing concerns of potential socio-economic decline of the area.

“The announced closure, proposed closure took us for shock,” Nate Higgins, president of St. Marys based tech company FreeFORM Technologies, said. “Elk County tells a real story because we always try to attract talent here. And one of the first things we say is it’s a great place to raise a family.”

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However, Higgins said, losing labor and delivery services in Elk County could be a real hit for the community.

Under the current transition plan established by the healthcare system, women will still be able to receive services such as prenatal, postpartum and obstetrics at Penn Highlands Elk. However, when it’s time to deliver, soon-to-be moms can expect more than just a new baby. With the closure of labor and delivery services in St. Marys, women will have to drive at least 40 to 50 minutes to Penn Highlands DuBois.

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