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Brooks-TLC to Temporarily Reduce OB Services

By October 1, 2021No Comments

Contingency Plan takes effect Monday

As a result of ongoing staffing challenges with national nursing shortages, compounded by the vaccine mandate, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, will temporarily reduce labor and delivery services at the hospital beginning Monday.

This contingency plan was developed in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and in coordination with Brooks-TLC’s providers and regional partners that support its obstetrics (OB) and gynecological services.

The contingency plan is outlined below:

  • The remaining OB staff will complement emergency services staff for emergent situations
  • On-call OB providers and pediatricians will continue to be available for consultation and to support any OB patient
  • Mothers and newborns will be transferred to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital or the facility of their choice for the post-partum recovery period
  • Patients nearing full-term should be in discussion with their provider to update and transition their birth plan to another facility

“We want to assure our patients that should they arrive at Brooks-TLC in active labor and an imminent delivery, they will deliver here with their OB provider,” said Mary LaRowe, president and chief executive officer of Brooks-TLC. “We believe this plan best serves our obstetric patients who are approaching their due-dates. It continues our mission of providing quality and compassionate healthcare and allows essential lead-time for them to have an important discussion with their providers.”

The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services. Oishei Children’s specializes in making childbirth a special experience for all women. Its caring team of healthcare providers combines a state-of-the-art facility with family-centered care.