Alice Hyde Medical Center Suspends Childbirth

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The family maternity center at Alice Hyde Medical Center stopped giving birth in early October due to staff, hospital officials said. “Staff shortages across the country are forcing hospitals to do things unprecedented and never done before,” said Tammy Reynolds, associate vice president of nursing at Alice Hyde Medical Center. As of October 4, they have been diverting patients to other hospitals, after Reynolds said some travel nurses did not renew their contracts. She noted that the staff shortage is not the result of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. “Unfortunately, this put us in a position where we weren’t able to provide the safe quality of care that we were used to,” said Reynolds. Brianna Backus, of Rensselaer Falls, is 30 weeks pregnant. “My son is really excited,” she said. For Backus’ specific health needs, she was due to give birth at Alice Hyde Medical Center. She says she panicked after hearing the news and almost planned to give birth to her new son at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. “I thought I was going to have to do the two and a half hour drive, but luckily I found a hospital that is about the same distance as Alice Hyde is for me,” she said. . She is worried about moms who will have to drive the supplement. distance. “We reassure them that if they have an emergency or if they are in a position where they don’t think they are going to go to another hospital, they can definitely come here. We can always give birth here. And the do it safely, ”Reynolds said. Reynolds said they can help expectant mothers to move on to other practices where they can feel comfortable with staff at pre-big day dates though. mothers choose to do it. “I know that’s obviously a concern and anxiety that they would feel if you had been established in a practice and then had to change,” Reynolds said. “You want to know who is. there, who will be there for you. You want to be familiar with them. You want to have a relationship, “Backus said. Reynolds said the maternity center diversion was temporary, hoping to reopen in four weeks.” As soon as we can recruit permanent and more itinerant nurses, we’ll be ready to reopen our doors. “said Reynolds.

The family maternity center at Alice Hyde Medical Center stopped giving birth in early October due to staff, hospital officials said.

“Staff shortages across the country are forcing hospitals to do things unprecedented and never done before,” said Tammy Reynolds, associate vice president of nursing at Alice Hyde Medical Center.

As of October 4, they have been diverting patients to other hospitals, after Reynolds said some travel nurses did not renew their contracts. She noted that the staff shortage is not the result of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.

“Unfortunately, this put us in a position where we weren’t able to provide the safe quality of care that we were used to,” said Reynolds.

Brianna Backus, of Rensselaer Falls, is 30 weeks pregnant.

“My son is really excited,” she said.

For Backus’ specific health needs, she was due to give birth at Alice Hyde Medical Center. She says she panicked after hearing the news and almost planned to give birth to her new son at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh.

“I thought I was going to have to do the two and a half hour drive, but luckily I found a hospital about the same distance as Alice Hyde for me,” she said.

She has concerns about moms having to drive the extra distance.

“We reassure them that if they have an emergency or if they are in a position where they don’t think they are going to go to another hospital, they can definitely come here. We can always give birth here. And the do it safely, ”Reynolds said.

Reynolds said they can help mom-to-be transition to other practices where they can feel comfortable with staff on pre-big day dates if moms choose to do so.

“I know that’s obviously a concern and an anxiety that they would feel if you were established in a practice and then had to change,” Reynolds said.

“You want to know who is there, who will be there for you. You want to be familiar with them. You want to have a relationship,” Backus said.

Reynolds said the maternity center diversion was temporary, hoping to reopen in four weeks.

“As soon as we can recruit permanent and more itinerant nurses, we’ll be ready to reopen our doors,” Reynolds said.


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