Adventist Health Simi Valley to Close Labor/Delivery and NICU Services

Feb 8, 2024

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Adventist Health Simi Valley will close its Labor/Delivery and NICU services on May 8, 2024. The decision to close was made after months of careful evaluation.

Hospital births have declined by 25 percent at Adventist Health Simi Valley (AHSV) and the hospital can no longer sustain these services.

Ventura County births per 1,000 residents dropped significantly from over 19 per 1000 in 1990 to 10.5 per 1000 in 2021. These numbers align with a major decline in births in the state of California.

"We are looking at the changing demographics of our community and making an adjustment to meet the growing needs of a more senior population," said Jennifer Swenson, president. “We have talented physicians, nurses and staff members that will continue to offer vital services to our community."

During this transition, we are working with our medical staff, patients and their families to ensure they can access obstetric care services that best meet their needs in the Ventura County area. Additionally, we are engaging with our impacted employees to support them in finding roles within our Adventist Health organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the closure of AHSV’s labor & delivery department and NICU.

Q: What is happening?
A:
After careful consideration and a heavy heart, Adventist Health Simi Valley has made the decision to close its labor and delivery department and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) effective May 8, 2024.

Q: Why is Adventist Health Simi Valley closing its labor & delivery department and NICU?
A:
This decision was made after months of careful evaluation. Hospital births have declined by 25 percent at Adventist Health Simi Valley and the hospital can no longer sustain these services. Ventura County births per 1,000 residents dropped significantly from over 19 per 1000 in 1990 to 10.5 per 1000 in 2021. These numbers align with a major decline in births in the state of California.

Q: What will happen to current patients who are pregnant?
A:
We are working with our medical staff, patients and their families to ensure they can access obstetric care services that best meet their needs in the Ventura County area.

Q: What will happen to current hospital staff who work in labor & delivery and the NICU?
A: We are grateful to our staff members for the loving care and compassion they provide to our new mothers, their babies and family members. We are engaging with our impacted employees to support them in finding roles within Adventist Health organization.

Q: What are the closest hospitals that offer labor and delivery services?
A: Nearby hospitals with labor and delivery departments include:

  • Los Robles Regional Medical Center
    215 W Janss Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    (805) 497-2727
  • St John’s Regional Medical Center
    1600 N Rose Ave.
    Oxnard, CA 93030
    (805) 988-2500
  • Northridge Medical Center
    18300 Roscoe Blvd.
    Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 885-8500

Q: What does this closure mean to the community?
A: We are looking at the changing demographics of our community and making an adjustment to better meet the growing needs of a more senior population. We have talented physicians, nurses and staff members that will continue to offer vital services to our community.