SBC obstetric care at SJRMC to cease August 30

Published: July 08, 2013

An important update for expecting patients of South Bend Clinic’s OB practice

Effective August 30, 2013, the South Bend Clinic will no longer provide obstetric care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center – the anchor hospital for Notre Dame’s Select Health Network. As of July 1, Dr. Michele Whitt will no longer provide obstetric care at the South Bend Clinic. Due to the reduction in personnel, the South Bend Clinic will cease obstetric care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after August 30. The South Bend Clinic will continue obstetric care at Memorial Hospital.

If you are 1) an expectant mother with a due date of August 30, 2013 or later, and 2) a member of the Select Health Network who has selected St. Joseph Regional Medical Center as your delivery location, you will need to do one of the following:

  • select a new obstetrician who performs deliveries at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, or
  • change your delivery location to Memorial Hospital.

Memorial Hospital is not an in-network provider for members enrolled in the Select Health Network. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, Meritain Health will process out-of-network deliveries at Memorial from August 30, 2013 through December 31, 2013 as an in-network benefit. If you are enrolled in the Select Health Network and you choose to deliver at Memorial during this time, the claim will be processed as if the care were received in-network. You will still be responsible for applicable in-network charges such as co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums.

Members enrolled in the Select Health Network who deliver at Memorial after December 31, 2013, will be required to pay at the out-of-network level. If your expected delivery date is after December 31, 2013 and you plan to deliver at Memorial, you will need to enroll in the CHA network during the upcoming Open Enrollment period for the claim to be paid at the in-network level.

For more information, please contact:

  • South Bend Clinic: (574) 237-9269 (assistance with transfer of patient records) or (574) 237-9261 (main number, South Bend campus)
  • askHR: (574) 631-5900 or askHR@nd.edu