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February 20, 2014

Endocrinologist to leave Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh will soon bid farewell to its only practicing endocrinologist.

Dr. Steven Leveston, who was recruited by CVPH Medical Center in 2012 and is affiliated with the hospital’s Diabetes Education Center, will leave the area in early spring.

He specializes in disorders related to the body’s glands and hormones, including diabetes, and practices out of the Physicians Office Building at 210 Cornelia St.

CVPH is actively recruiting a new endocrinologist and hopes to have one in place this summer, Director of Communications & Marketing Michele Powers said.

In the interim, she said, the hospital is working with its partner, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, to address the needs of patients. Powers said endocrinologists from across the lake will provide care to patients in Plattsburgh on a biweekly basis.

Patients were being notified by phone about the physician’s impending departure.

ED CENTER TO CONTINUE

The services provided by the Diabetes Education Center, which recently moved from Cornelia Street to 159 Margaret St., Suite 100, will not be affected when Leveston leaves, Powers said.

Established in 2006, the center offers diabetes self-management education, a support group, nutrition support for diabetics and insulin-pump and blood-glucose monitoring education.

“Nothing is changing at all,” Powers said of those services.

The education program is run by Ann Watts, a certified diabetes counselor and registered dietician.

“She’s a great resource for the community,” Powers said.

‘UNHAPPY’

Leveston said he has accepted a position elsewhere and plans to depart the first week of April, though he will stop actively seeing patients before then.

“I love my practice,” he told the Press-Republican. “I think the people who work in my office are terrific.”

In addition, he noted, he likes the hospital and its staff and loves Plattsburgh, as well.

“I think Plattsburgh has an excellent collection of primary-care and specialist physicians.”

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