Lewis County Health System Announces Maternity
Partnership with Samaritan Medical Center
Published: October 01, 2021
at 11:30 a.m.
By: Press Release from Lewis County Health System
October 1, 2021
Lewis County Health
System Announces Maternity Partnership With
Samaritan Medical Center
NY─ Lewis County Health System is pleased to announce it has
partnered with Samaritan Medical Center to help support expecting moms in
Lewis County and surrounding communities.
Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Thomas Carman and I worked together
to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support moms-to-be that
are in the final weeks of their pregnancy," stated Gerald R. Cayer, Lewis County Health System Chief Executive
Officer. "This wouldn't have been possible without physicians from
LCHS and SMC working together to support expecting moms and ensure a safe
and appropriate transition of care."
Dr. F. Lee
Dutton, OB/GYN at LCHS Women’s Health Services states “The hospital
administration has made a firm commitment to restoring full obstetric and
gynecologic services as soon as safe staffing levels are achieved at our
facility. My colleagues and I are extremely
grateful to Dr. John Barrett and his associates at SMC for graciously offering
to welcome any of our patients who require OB services in the near term.”
means expecting moms have the best of both facilities. Pre-natal and
post-natal care will be provided by the patient's obstetrician in Lowville,
and the delivery at Samaritan Medical Center's Car-Freshner
Center for Women and Children.
Samaritan offers the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit—and
the highest level of care for a newborn—in Northern New York. Obstetrical patients who are 32-36 weeks
will transition to a physician at Samaritan to prepare for the delivery of
their babies. The LCHS Women’s Health
practice, located on the main hospital campus in Lowville, continues to
provide OB/GYN services for women throughout the North Country.
“We are working
closely with the OB/GYN providers in Lewis County to provide the best
continuity of care for expectant mothers and newborns during this time. We look forward to Lewis County Hospital
resuming obstetric services when possible,” states
Dr. John Barrett, OB/GYN at Women’s Wellness and Breast Care and President
of Samaritan’s Medical Staff.
The New York
State Department of Health announced a vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers
in New York State. The mandate has resulted
in a temporary staffing shortage of labor, delivery, and postpartum nurses and
a 'pause' in delivering babies on September 25, 2021, at Lewis County General
Hospital's Maternity Unit.
has had the privilege of delivering babies in Lewis County for the past 90
years, so the decision to 'pause' deliveries is difficult," stated Mr.
Cayer. “We are working hard to make this 'pause'
a temporary situation as we diligently work to recruit additional labor and
delivery nurses who are vaccinated, ensuring we can provide the safest and
highest level of care for expecting moms and babies.”
Health System has developed similar MOUs with the Mohawk Valley Health System
in Utica and Carthage Area Hospital.