By Associated Press - Thursday, March 21, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Officials at Springfield Hospital in Vermont have voted to close its childbirth center at part of a plan to cut $6.5 million from its budget.

Hospital interim CEO Mike Halstead says Tuesday’s vote by the board of trustees was a “very difficult decision.”

He says the number of births in the area is declining, and the hospital does not have enough resources to operate a service that doesn’t support itself.

A recent financial audit found the hospital lost $14 million over the past two years.

The hospital previously announced it would cut jobs and reduce wages as part of an effort to save money.

The hospital has not said when the childbirth center will close, but it says it will help families find other options in the area.

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