LCHS Announces “Pause” on Delivering Babies,
Effective September 25, Due to Staff Resignations Prompted by COVID Vaccine
Published: September 10, 2021
at 02:25 p.m.
By: Nick Altmire
During a 1 PM
press conference, Lewis County Health System CEO Jerry Cayer
announced that due to the number of resignations received due to the recent
COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, the maternity unit at
Lewis County Hospital will be unable to safely maintain staffing levels
after September 24, resulting in no choice but to "pause"
delivering babies at the hospital effective September 25.
Mr. Cayer said that across the health system there remain
165 employees that have not yet received a first dose of the vaccine, as the
mandate requires by September 27th. Depending on the decisions of these
employees, further services may be impacted in the coming weeks.
The hospital has
already had 30 resignations recently by employees choosing not to receive
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