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Toppenish Hospital to Keep Delivering Babies as Docs Change

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Astria Toppenish Hospital will continue delivering babies and providing full-spectrum maternity care after a contract for providers from Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic ends Nov. 1.

To fill the need left by departing clinic employees, Astria Health is bringing on two full-time OB-GYN doctors, including Dr. Carlos Dibble, a former provider in Toppenish and well-known within the local community. Astria also has independent providers on 24/7 contracts to safeguard this vital community service.

In addition to expert and specialized medical staff, the Toppenish hospital has eight private, state-of-the-art maternity suites that allow mothers and newborns to remain in the same room throughout the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum experience.

“Astria is working with the Farm Workers Clinic to ensure an optimal transition plan is in place to protect these vital services for our community,” said Brian Gibbons, CEO.

On Sept. 23, the Farm Workers Clinic announced it will end its contract with Astria and provide OB services only from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Families wishing to continue with their current OB doctors face up to a 25-mile or 35-minute extra drive to Yakima beginning Nov. 1. Expectant mothers may avoid that trip by simply requesting a new doctor at Astria Health clinics located within Toppenish and surrounding areas.  

“We remain committed to providing OB services for the communities we serve,” said Cathy Bambrick, Astria Toppenish Hospital administrator. “We serve vulnerable populations for which the distance to Yakima is insurmountable.” 

Women from the Toppenish area who would like to deliver their babies close to home are encouraged to call Astria’s scheduling office at 509-865-2500 to establish care. 

Astria Toppenish Hospital serves communities within the mid Yakima valley areas including Granger, Harrah, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato, White Swan and the surrounding areas. The hospital has provided OB services for more than 70 years to the Toppenish community, and delivers an average of 360 newborns annually.

“I’m certain local women will continue to choose our medical providers and hospital both for its geographic advantage as well as its reputation for caring staff and comfortable facilities,” said Bambrick.

ABOUT ASTRIA TOPPENISH HOSPITAL

Astria Toppenish Hospital is a fully accredited 63-bed community hospital providing a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital was established to support the unique healthcare needs of the Toppenish area, including caring for the tribal people comprising the Yakama Nation, and for communities throughout the region. Inpatient services include an emergency room, medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit, family maternity center, surgical services, a 21-day evaluation and treatment co-occurring behavioral health unit, a 90-day-plus civil commitment program, and an inpatient medical withdrawal management program. Outpatient services include an ambulatory surgery center, advanced diagnostics with CT, MRI, and echo cardiography, and a full-service laboratory. Astria Toppenish Hospital is supported by a strong network of Astria Health primary and specialty care clinics throughout Yakima County.

ABOUT ASTRIA HEALTH

The Astria Health System, headquartered in the heart of the Yakima Valley, is the largest non-profit healthcare system based in Eastern Washington state. Astria Health is the parent non-profit organization of Astria Sunnyside Hospital and Astria Toppenish Hospital along with outpatient Astria Health Center, Ambulatory Surgical Center, Astria Hearing and Speech, and Astria Home Health and Hospice with healthcare sites and providers conveniently located in towns and cities throughout the Region. For more information visit www.astria.health.

Posted September 24, 2021

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