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Ogdensburg woman named nursing director at Lowville hospital

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LOWVILLE — A longtime nursing supervisor and manager in Ogdensburg has been named Lewis County General Hospital’s director of nursing.

Jennifer S. Shaver, who has held several supervisory positions at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg and is an adjunct professor in SUNY Plattsburgh’s nursing department, joined the hospital staff here on March 11.

“She brings a fresh perspective and enthusiasm that will be a great addition to our team,” Eric R. Burch, the county-owned hospital’s CEO, said in a statement.

Mrs. Shaver is replacing David L. Wood, who is retiring after 40 years at the facility.

Mr. Wood plans to continue working on a part-time basis over the next couple of months to assist with the transitions of a new nursing supervisor and the recent transfer of hospice and certified home health aide programs from the Lewis County Public Health Agency to the hospital.

Mrs. Shaver has held various positions throughout her career, including clinical informatics analyst, interim obstetric nurse manager, nurse manager of the respiratory services/sleep lab, staff nurse obstetrics, intensive care unit and emergency department and nursing supervisor.

“Her knowledge, experience and wonderful, caring attitude make her an asset to LCGH and our patients,” Mr. Burch said.

The new director has spent time working with the nursing managers and supervisors, as well as meeting many hospital and nursing home staff members, according to a hospital release.

“I am just beginning my journey here but am looking forward to being able to contribute to the rich tradition of excellent care and service that exists at LCGH,” Mrs. Shaver said in a statement. “I will work collaboratively to enhance quality and safety of the patient experience with all members of the health care team. In the setting of impending changes in the health care environment — accountable care, patient centered medical homes, etc. — we all have to be working towards the same goals. We are members of one team.”

Mrs. Shaver earned a diploma in registered nursing from the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s degree in patient care services from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

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