Katy, TX News (December 23, 2013) – Today, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced The Birthing Center, along with all Labor and Delivery and newborn nursery services will no longer accept scheduled patients after Friday, December 27, 2013 at 7am and will officially close December 30, 2013 at 12pm. This closure is necessary since neonatology physician service will no longer be available after December, and the hospital places top priority on maintaining patient safety. The closure will also include triage and outpatient testing services offered within the Women’s Birthing Center.
“While closing any service is difficult, we believe this step begins the transformation of CHRISTUS St. Catherine from an acute care hospital into a long term care facility in early 2014,” said Ellen Jones, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Gulf Coast. “In many ways, this is a rebirth of our own, as we begin the long process of shifting our focus from acute care to the intensive care some patients need after a stay in a traditional hospital.”
Hospital staff will be contacting pregnant mothers who were planning to deliver at CHRISTUS St. Catherine immediately to notify them of the closure and help them transition to a new facility.
The remainder of hospital services at CHRISTUS St. Catherine—including Sports Medicine, Imaging, Surgery and Emergency Services—will remain open, operational, and ready to provide the residents of Katy with the latest in medical technologies and professional health care. A schedule for the full transition of CHRISTUS St. Catherine has not yet been established.