Dr. Lawson leaving SMH, new OB/GYN to start in September
Posted June 26,
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) announced last night that its OB/GYN,
Dr. Glasine Lawson, tendered her resignation Tuesday, and is effective
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
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."