EXCLUSIVE: A hospital in New York converts from an OB-GYN unit to an OB-GYN-gynecology unit

When 22nd Street General Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., closed its obstetrics department this summer, the director of home health services and hospice at the time wondered whether she would find her new job at…

EXCLUSIVE: A hospital in New York converts from an OB-GYN unit to an OB-GYN-gynecology unit

When 22nd Street General Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., closed its obstetrics department this summer, the director of home health services and hospice at the time wondered whether she would find her new job at a hospital nearby.

She figured she would, but then, “About a week later,” she said, “I got a message. It was from the state of New York’s health department. They were telling me about a unit [and] it was there for me.”

They were telling her about Northland Medical Center, an ex-husband Medical College of Virginia teaching hospital. She was asked whether she would like to be an OB-GYN at Northland. “I said, ‘Thank you, that would be wonderful.’ ”

Her new employer is among a handful of hospitals in the U.S. to convert from an OB-GYN unit to a hybrid obstetrics/gynecology-gynecology unit. Northland, in addition to taking the last of the OB-GYN staff from 22nd Street, has established a new one-and-a-half floor obstetrics clinic on its Rochester campus, along with an ultrasound-3D CT unit.

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