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Heywood Hospital Ready to Support Regional Obstetric Care

May 31, 2023

Gardner Mass. (May 31, 2023) - In response to the recent announcement made by UMass
Health Alliance-Clinton regarding the filing of a 120-Day closure notice of its obstetric and maternity services, Heywood Hospital CEO Win Brown states that Heywood Hospital is prepared to support regional obstetric and maternity care.

“In response to the closure announcement, we will swiftly engage with our obstetrics team and medical staff to assess how we can extend our services in order to meet the needs of women seeking obstetrical and gynecological healthcare in the greater Leominster and Fitchburg area,” states Brown.

In 2020, Heywood Hospital’s LaChance Center for Maternity Care was nationally recognized by Newsweek as a Best Maternity Hospital, and offers highly skilled obstetric and gynecological care. Heywood’s LaChance Maternity Center offers several options to help manage the discomfort of labor in a comfortable environment. Heywood currently supports approximately 300 births annually. “While this is a challenging time for hospitals, we will endeavor to extend our mission of caring to those who will benefit from our exceptional care. Additionally, Heywood is on schedule to reopen its inpatient mental health unit early this fall. Upgrades to the unit and recruitment efforts are underway.” - stated Brown.


About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire,comprised of Heywood Hospital, a 134-bed acute care community-owned non-profit hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group, with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and The Quabbin Retreat, a premier destination for treatment of mental health and substance use.

The organization includes nine satellite facilities in MA: Ashburnham Family Medicine in
Ashburnham, Heywood Rehabilitation Center, Summit Family Medicine & Heywood Primary Care and Urgent Care in Gardner, The Winchendon Health Center & Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, Tully Family Medicine and Walk-In Care and ACES Athol Community Elementary School Based Health Center in Athol. The organization also includes the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care
community-owned non-profit hospital in Gardner, MA, providing a broad range of high quality inpatient and outpatient medical, orthopedic, surgical, obstetrical and behavioral health services and includes the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center, and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center.