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The Franciscan Health hospital in Dyer.

The Franciscan Health hospital in Dyer plans to close its birthing center.

The services will be consolidated at the Franciscan Health hospital in Hammond beginning in April.

The Dyer hospital currently has a labor-and-delivery unit and Level II neonatal intensive care unit. The Hammond location offers the same services.

“Franciscan Health is continually evaluating our clinical service lines to make sure we are delivering the best quality, safety and patient satisfaction to those we serve," stated Patrick Maloney, president and CEO of the Franciscan Health hospitals in Dyer, Hammond and Munster.

"After a comprehensive review, it was determined that the majority of our maternity patients are located in north Lake County and that we are better positioned to serve them from our Hammond location."

He said the Hammond obstetrics unit has recently been remodeled, and that the NICU there is also being remodeled with "state-of-the-art" technology.

Babies who require a higher level of care will be transferred to the Level III NICU at the Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point, he said.


Health reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.