Bay Medical is in for some changes due to their new management. Since Sacred Heart is a Catholic organization, certain medical and surgical procedures will no longer be available.
After Sacred Heart takes over Bay Medical on April 1st, one of the procedures that will no longer happen is tubal ligations. Tubal ligations are a surgical form of contraception where a surgeon clamps or cuts the woman's fallopian tubes preventing her eggs from being fertilized. Since the Catholic church ruled the procedure is against their theology, Catholic operated hospitals usually don't perform tubal ligations. However, even though women won't be able to have the procedure done at Bay Medical, they will be able to go to other facilities if they desire a tubal ligation.
"There won't be any major changes where patients will have to change doctors or anything like that,” says Dr. Sam Wolf, D.O. of Emerald Coast OB/GYN, “they'll simply just have to let their physician know that they need to deliver in a hospital that will allow them to have a postpartum tubal the next day." Dr. Wolf says some doctors now offer out-patient tubal ligation procedure in their offices, that can have women back to their daily schedule in less than an hour.