The news that Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville would resume labor and delivery services on Sept. 1, quickly changed this week, following a personal decision made by the OB-GYN who was originally planning on moving his entire practice to Stephenville.


On Monday, Aug. 24, it was announced that Texas Health would resume delivering babies beginning on Sept. 1. However, Texas Health sent out a press release on Thursday, Aug. 27, stating that the OBGYN who was planning on relocating his practice to Stephenville notified hospital leadership that for personal reasons, he would not be coming to our community.


Labor and delivery services at Texas Health were suspended last August because of retirements and departures of obstetricians on the hospital’s medical staff.


"We remain committed to reopening these services for the residents of Erath County and will continue our recruiting efforts to bring additional physicians to join the Texas Health Stephenville medical staff to make that happen," wrote Christopher Leu, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, in the press release.


Leu said in the release that the hospital staff apologizes to any patients who had already scheduled appointments or whose course of treatment has been affected.


He wrote, "We are reaching out to these individuals to assist them in finding options with other physicians."


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