Sonoma Valley Hospital may shutter maternity wing

There may come a day, in the not too distant future, when the stork no longer visits Sonoma Valley Hospital.

With birth rates down and expenses soaring, delivering babies there has become untenable, costing the hospital an average of $60,000 a month, administrators say.

That’s why CEO Kelly Mather plans to put a proposal before board members next month to close the hospital’s maternity wing once and for all. The proposal – details of which will be released in early January – would be considered by the five-member board during its regular Thursday, Jan. 9 meeting.

Mather said she hates the idea of closing such a cherished part of hospital operations, but believes the hospital has no choice.

“Our financial health and viability is key right now,” she said last week.

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