Obstetrics Dr. Henry N. Pleasant is leaving after nine years in the county to join a practice in Lee County. Pleasant is the only physician who uses Person Memorial Hospital regularly, saying he had delivered about 150 babies a year there.
Craig James, chief executive officer of the hospital, said that Pleasant's departure meant it would no longer be "feasible" to continue providing obstetrics nursing coverage and would mean about 4,000 women, including Tanya Logan, would have to seek care outside Person County.
"It's kind of inconvenient for all the pregnant women in the area," Logan said. "My due date is Aug. 1, but (Dr. Pleasant) said the hospital would stop delivering, so he put me on for the 27th."
Pleasant plans to close the doors of his private practice Aug. 12 and will join two doctors already in practice at Carolina Women's Health Center in Sanford. He said most of his patients will go to doctors in Durham, while some plan to follow him to Sanford.
The hospital's board of trustees has appointed a committee to review options concerning the future of obstetrics services in the community. The obstetrics nursing staff was advised that they will be eligible to apply for transfer to positions within the hospital.
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