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Lewis County Health System will “Unpause” and Reopen Maternity Services Effective March 25, 2024

 

Published: November 30, 2023 at 05:45 p.m.

By: Nick Altmire

 

Lowville, NY- With a crowd gathered for a ceremony to cut the ribbon on the new surgical pavilion at Lewis County Hospital this afternoon, Lewis County Health System CEO Jerry Cayer made a significant announcement as the ceremony concluded just prior to the cutting of the ribbon.

 

“We are committed to delivering babies at the Lewis County General Hospital,” Mr. Cayer said. “Thus, I am pleased to share that Dr. Georges Akl joins Dr. Lee Dutton, Nurse Practitioner Danah Ernst, and Nurse Practitioner Hali Reid in the women’s health practice.”

 

Mr. Cayer said that after communicating this positive development with the NYS Department of Health last week, he was now able to share that “maternity services will be unpausing, or reopening, on March 25, 2024,” generating an enthusiastic round of applause and cheers from the crowd on hand. (See the announcement portion of our video here)

 

Maternity services, including the delivery of babies, were “paused” effective September 25, 2021 at Lewis County General Hospital after a large number of resignations occurred in the unit following a New York State mandate requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers. The pause was announced during a September 10, 2021 press conference. At the time Mr. Cayer said that the maternity service was unable to be safely staffed after September 24, 2021, and due to the number of resignations there was no choice but to pause the delivery of babies at Lewis County General Hospital, stressing that the goal was to reopen the service when the staffing issues could be adequately addressed.

 

Lewis County Health System will be releasing more information on the reopening of maternity services in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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