This is the first baby who was born at Ripon Medical Center after the service resumed.
This is the first baby who was born at Ripon Medical Center after the service resumed.

   Three and a half years ago, a new energy blew into Ripon Medical Center (RMC): the first baby in more than a decade had been delivered.

   “It’s really breathed new life back into the hospital — no pun intended,” said Tami Moffat-Keenlance in October 2013, back when she was RMC’s nursing director. “It’s really something special to have babies in your hospital.”

   That energy, however, is about to dissipate — at least, for a while.

   Newborn deliveries at RMC will go on hiatus March 5 as the hospital’s only OB/GYN doctor, Dr. Steve Sheppard, goes on long-term medical leave for shoulder surgery.

   Hospital leadership, however, pledged this week to ensure that newborn deliveries will return to RMC upon the OB doctor’s return.

   “We are committed to it; the program will continue upon Dr. Sheppard’s return without exception,” said Steve Little, CEO of Agnesian HealthCare.

   Seventeen expectant mothers will be affected by this change; they have been invited to deliver at other Agnesian hospitals, including Waupun Memorial and St. Agnes in Fond du Lac.

Read the full story, including a detailed explanation of why a different doctor cannot deliver babies in Ripon during the interim, in the Feb. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.