Waynesboro Hospital Birthing Unit to remain open

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

WAYNESBORO — The Summit Health Board of Directors has approved a recommendation to keep the Waynesboro Hospital Birthing Unit open.

Hospital leaders have been evaluating options to keep the unit open after losing one OB/Gyn from Summit Women's Group — Waynesboro earlier this year.

The new staffing model recommended to the board of directors by hospital leaders includes three OB/Gyn physicians and three midwives.

"This new model is a more modern approach that gives us a total of six healthcare providers working together to deliver babies here," said Melissa Dubrow, chief operating officer of Waynesboro Hospital.

Dubrow and other hospital leaders met with the Birthing Unit staff this morning to thank them for their support and patience during the process. "Each time we've met to talk about this, I've been impressed with your professionalism and your ideas."

The hospital's Birthing Unit employees were the first to suggest the new staffing model of physicians and midwives when hospital leaders began meeting with them to talk about the process several weeks ago.

Dubrow also thanked Dr. Jean Lessard, Dr. Allan Anyumba, and Dr. Tasneem Ahmed of Summit Women's Group — Waynesboro along with certified nurse midwife Rosalind Klinepeter of Country Care Midwifery for their support and ideas.