11 rural hospitals in Wisconsin stopped delivering babies in past decade, report says. (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/18/2019)
Hospitals that have stopped doing obstetrics since 2010 are
- Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, Oconto;
- Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg;
- Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital, Boscobel;
- Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hillsboro;
- HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls;
- Indianhead Medical Center, Shell Lake;
- Marshfield Medical Center, Ladysmith;
- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, Darlington;
- Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville;
- Ripon Medical Center, Ripon; and
- Spooner Health, Spooner.
Related reading:What Obstacles Complicate Health Care For Rural Wisconsinites? (WisContext, 4/16/2019)
The same aspects of rural life that are attractive to many Wisconsinites — solitude, space, smaller communities — can often make getting the health care they need a challenge that ranges from mere inconvenience to life-threatening. Long distances between medical facilities and the people they serve, as well as struggles to attract and retain healthcare professionals in rural areas, are stark manifestations of this quandary.