Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital Maternity Center Update

Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital has proudly served Leavenworth and its surrounding communities for more than a century. Health care today changes at a rapid pace, and to continue providing the best care and meeting the evolving needs of our community, we are planning for some important changes.

We have begun to pave the way for these changes, which are part of Saint Luke’s Health System’s new regional approach to delivering care.

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions are provided below.

Why has the decision been made to stop delivering at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital?

As an essential part of Saint Luke’s newly established North Region, Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital shares leadership and a similar geographical area with Saint Luke’s North Hospital, whose Barry Road location sits just 25 minutes down the road from Leavenworth. This structure enables us to truly match the services we offer at our hospitals with the services our communities are using. In certain circumstances, this means consolidating some of our services into one location, so we can focus our resources in the most needed areas.

Over the past several years, the number of babies we have delivered at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital has steadily declined, so we have made the decision to stop delivering at that location as of Aug. 6. With this change, we will focus on the services our patients are most often seeking in Leavenworth. At the same time, Saint Luke’s North Hospital–Barry Road will have the opportunity to serve families across an even greater geographical area.

What happens if I deliver my baby on or before Aug. 6?

Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital will continue to deliver babies at its facility through Aug. 6. If you will deliver on or before that date, you’ll continue to be seen by our team of experienced and compassionate OB-GYNs and will deliver on site at Cushing Hospital. Additionally, Saint Luke’s Women’s Health Cushing will remain open for post-natal and women’s services visits until Sept. 30.

What happens if I am supposed to deliver my baby on or after Aug. 7?

We are working directly with patients who are scheduled to deliver over the next few months to coordinate their care plans. Saint Luke’s North Hospital–Barry Road Maternity Center will have the opportunity to serve families across a greater geographical area. Moms-to-be can deliver in a spacious, up-to-date labor-and-delivery area with advanced medical technology and a highly trained staff—all in a facility recently voted “Best Place to Deliver a Baby” by KC Parent Magazine

In addition to our Barry Road location, we are also providing information about Saint Luke’s South Hospital Birth & Women's Center—especially for moms-to-be who want to deliver in Kansas and stay within Saint Luke’s. You will receive a letter, a call, or both a letter and a call about scheduling a visit with an OB-GYN at one of those locations, along with the opportunity to tour the maternity unit there.

Will I continue to see my OB-GYN at Saint Luke’s Women’s Health Cushing?

Saint Luke’s Women’s Health Cushing will remain open for pre-natal, post-natal, and women’s services visits until Sept. 30—but no deliveries will take place at the hospital.

Will I still be able to see Dr. Nicholson as my OB-GYN?

Lisa Nicholson, MD, will continue to see patients for clinic visits through Sept. 30. For all patients, there will be no interruption in care provided. Saint Luke’s OB-GYN division has many well experienced, board-certified OB-GYNs who have immediate access to all patient medical records and who are available to see patients. We encourage all patients to contact our Maternity Care Coordinator at 816-880-6227 to schedule a consultation and tour.

What if I have an emergency?

The emergency room at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital is always available for any emergent need.

What if I have additional questions that are not addressed here?

We are working directly with patients who are scheduled to deliver over the next few months to coordinate their care plans. All other impacted patients will receive both a letter and a call from Saint Luke’s with information about next steps. For any additional questions, please contact our Maternity Care Coordinator at 816-880-6227, or call Saint Luke’s Women’s Health Cushing at 913-651-2163.