No medical center in Narrowsburg for now
NARROWSBURG, NY — More than 500 residents of Narrowsburg signed a petition asking the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) to reopen the Delaware Valley Medical Center in Narrowsburg, which has been closed for more than a decade.
Kathleen Hector and a group of other concerned citizens attended a recent board meeting of WMCHC to present the petition in person and impress on the board the need for a medical facility in the small hamlet.
In response, Frederick Jackson, executive director of the board, wrote a letter to Hector dated December 22, 2017. He wrote, “… our current reality is that we are in the midst of a physician shortage. We are two physicians short in our existing health centers and are struggling to recruit. We have made substantial human resources investments geared towards professional recruiting. To that end, often grassroots efforts are successful in recruiting. The ‘someone who knows someone’ approach if you will. If any of your members [of the Narrowsburg Health Coalition] know of physicians who might be open to a move, send us their contact information.
“We are not turning our back on the Narrowsburg community, but our first goal has to be the stabilization of the provider base in Honesdale. This makes our timeframe for reopening the Narrowsburg site somewhat nebulous and certainly longer than we had hoped. Our goal is to stabilize our staff in the existing practices and then turn our efforts to the Narrowsburg community.”