PEKIN, Ill. — Changes are coming to UnityPoint Health – Pekin.
The hospital announced Tuesday that all labor and delivery services are being shifted to the Peoria campus, enhancing adult specialty services in Pekin. Officials said the changes are to better meet the needs of the community.
The hospital said the majority of Pekin expectant mothers already choose to make the drive to Peoria for deliveries. Additionally, an upcoming obstetrician retirement in Pekin will create gaps in 24/7 coverage for expectant mothers in our care.
The combination of labor and delivery programs at UnityPoint Health – Methodist is effective Sept. 17.
New specialty physicians are in place or are coming to Pekin, including Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Neurology, Palliative Care and Urology.
“We have listened to the Pekin community and worked to create a plan moving forward that best meets the community’s changing healthcare needs. We are introducing new services and welcoming specialty physicians and providers to Pekin,” said Dr. Keith Knepp, President & CEO, UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois. “We must provide quality care that is sustainable, and we believe we are making the best decisions possible to be able to provide outstanding care in Pekin for many years to come.”
Additionally, , UnityPoint Health – Pekin is set to unveil its newly renovated lobby, main entrance and gift shop soon, all part of an $8 million project to improve the hospital experience for community members.