Dec. 18 is the next important date for the Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, when a state licensure board will take up the issue of Pioneer’s request to operate the Oneida hospital without providing obstetrician services.
State guidelines require acute care hospitals to provide an OB unit. Pioneer Health has applied for a permit to operate without providing OB services.
The issue once appeared to be a snag that would delay the hospital’s opening until at least early January. However, the state Health Services and Development Agency last month approved an emergency certificate of need, valid for 120 days, to expedite the opening of the facility.To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber, email email@example.com to receive login credentials. If you are a subscriber who is logged in and believe you are seeing this message in error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-569-6343.