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Dr. Lawson leaving SMH, new OB/GYN to start in September

Posted June 26, 2014

Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) announced last night that its OB/GYN, Dr. Glasine Lawson, tendered her resignation Tuesday, and is effective September 1.

Dr. Lawson joined SMH in October 2008, and along with Dr. Alison Barrett (who left in 2010) helped re-establish the birthing unit in Alliston, which had been closed since 2006, sparking a community upheaval. Last year, there were more than 350 births in Alliston, with midwives currently managing more than a third of the deliveries. Earlier this year in January, OB/GYN, Dr. Andy Narine, also resigned from SMH.

Stevenson's Chief of Staff, Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez, told Free Press Online this morning that Dr. Lawson, "has not shared her plans with the hospital at this time."

"While the departure of Dr. Lawson is a loss to the Maternal Child Program at Stevenson, providing high quality birthing services remains our priority," he said. "We have established a specialized care team for newborns, with a roster of highly trained physicians and we do not anticipate any interruptions to our service."

Dr. Richard Simms, who in 2004 retired after 17 years of OB/GYN service in Alliston, has been back for almost two years "gradually easing back into full practice,"

"We are happy to have Dr. Simms returning to practice and we have another OB starting in September," said Dr. Oswaldo. "Currently we have about 360 births a year so we can easily and safely manage with two Obs. Also our new OB is a very capable gyne surgeon who will make SMH a centre of excellence like he has at his current hospital. We are moving ahead and growing. No plans for any closures."

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