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Lourdes Health Network to Close Obstetrics Dept.

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PASCO, Wash. - Lourdes Health Network is closing the obstetrics department after nearly a century delivering babies. 

The hospital's CEO says the closure reflects changes in health care, and will mean cutting about 50 jobs.

The hospital says expectant mothers will now go to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland or Kennewick General Hospital instead.

Lourdes does plan to open a joint and spine center however, where employees can help patients recovering from joint replacements and/or back surgeries.

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