Eastern Niagara Hospital discontinuing most outpatient services — 4 insights

Lockport, N.Y.-based Eastern Niagara Hospital is scrapping its maternity and outpatient services as part of a transformation plan, Buffalo Business First reports.

What you should know:

1. The hospital is betting heavily on emergency services as it pivots from maternity and outpatient care. Eastern Niagara's maternity service and outpatient utilization rates fell in recent years.

2. Thirty-three employees could lose their jobs as a result. Administrators believe the plan will save $2.1 million.

3. The hospital is also seeking state grants for debt relief and IT upgrades.

4. Eastern Niagara Hospital had 16,332 ER visits in 2017, according to state documents.

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