Over the last 15 years, OBHG has had the pleasure of collaborating with dozens of hospitals partners across the country. Now, with more than 195 partners across 34 states, we have the ability to serve more women and babies than ever before. To commemorate OBHG’s 15th anniversary, we want to celebrate 15 of our hospital partners. These are hospitals we have interviewed for an episode of The Obstetrics Podcast or featured in a case study.
The Obstetrics Podcast: Dr. Mark Olszyk, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Carroll Hospital discusses the benefits of having a national provider manage L&D coverage and the realities of a hospital trying to manage it alone.
The Obstetrics Podcast: Asia Dean, former Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development at Dignity Health, shares the benefits of working with a national group vs. a local OB/GYN practice for OB coverage.
Case study: The family practice residency program at Cox Medical Center South once relied on a single community OB/GYN for on-call C-section coverage and OB support. The hospital has a high-risk patient population, with a large portion of patients on Medicaid. The residency program accepts high-risk patient transfers from its partner maternal fetal medicine practice, which are even higher risk. Residents were tasked with caring for these high-risk OB patients with minimal support. Their partnership with OBHG has allowed the residency program to thrive.
Case study: Imagine being a healthcare provider with a full day of patient appointments, and every few hours, you must leave the office and tend to an issue in the hospital’s labor and delivery unit. This is what it’s like for private-practice OB/GYNs who are also responsible for call coverage. Baton Rouge General noticed that the process put a strain on physicians’ ability to provide high patient satisfaction in their clinics, and it caused decreased patient safety in the labor and delivery unit. In addition, it took a toll on OB/GYN work-life balance.
Case study: Like many hospital departments, when it comes to the labor and delivery unit, each physician makes his or her own clinical decisions based on their training and experience. Hospital leadership trusts that OB/GYNs are practicing the most up-to-date, evidence-based medicine from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But what happens if they aren’t using the most current best practices? Patient safety can suffer, and as a result, medical malpractice risk increases. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Denton sought OBHG’s partnership to help standardize protocols and elevate patient safety.
Case study: An independent OB/GYN group planned to leave Willow Creek Women’s Hospital, taking over 50 percent of the hospital’s deliveries with them. Hospital leadership knew they needed to make a change or else the hospital was at risk of closing. They enlisted the help of OBHG to take over OB emergency room coverage and to grow and retain volume.
Case study: Area hospitals found themselves competing for a shrinking maternity patient pool. In 2010, Bellevue Woman’s Center, began a relationship with OBHG to help cultivate the hospital’s status as a center of quality OB care. A critical part of that strategy was to nurture collaborations with the center’s affiliated private certified nurse-midwifes, a group of professionals well-positioned to attract more patients and stabilize the labor and delivery unit’s patient volume.
Case study: Novant Prince William Medical Center, previously worked with an OB hospitalist vendor that did not facilitate a collaborative relationship with community OB/GYNs. Prince William partnered with OBHG and since the launch, the local OB/GYNs have seen a dramatic change.
Case study: Good Samaritan Hospital, was looking to improve patient safety in their labor and delivery unit, support their midwifery practice and alleviate the on-call burden for community obstetricians. The facility partnered with OBHG to launch a new hospitalist program in 2017, and local midwifery and OB/GYN practices have been thriving ever since.
Case study: When St. David’s South Austin Medical Center first partnered with OBHG, local OB/GYNs were skeptical. Soon, they discovered the benefits of the partnership and the impact it had not only on their lives but the lives of their patients and their families.
Case study: When leaders at Palms West Hospital, sought to expand their neonatal intensive care unit to a Level II NICU, they decided to reach out to nearby federally qualified health centers and forge partnerships that could drive birth volume at Palms West. The director of three federally qualified health clinics agreed to meet and noted that many of his patients wanted tubal ligations at the time of delivery but were not able to get them. Palms West sought an OBHG partnership so they could accept these patients and offer high quality labor and delivery care as well as tubal ligations.
Case study: Sacred Heart Hospital previously contracted with private OB/GYNs for labor and delivery call coverage, which proved to be an expensive and insufficient model. Sacred Heart partnered with OBHG to provide an onsite OB emergency department. They also took advantage of the hospitalists’ 24-hour presence to serve as additional residency faculty.
Case study: After Overlake Medical Center partnered with OBHG to establish an OB emergency department, the hospital saw a reduction in unattended deliveries and C-sections and the complete elimination of early elective deliveries. At the same time, local physicians described “a total integration” of care with the coordinated services and support of OBHG hospitalists.
Case study: Between 2012 and 2014, cases of congenital syphilis tripled in California. The staff at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital found that most women who gave birth to babies with congenital syphilis had no private physician and received very little or no prenatal care. Bakersfield’s understaffed labor and delivery triage unit was often the first and only caregiver these women had seen.Bakersfield Memorial worked with OBHG to establish 24/7 labor and delivery triage coverage to ensure that a board-certified OB/GYN was present to evaluate every at-risk pregnant woman and test her for syphilis.
Case study: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center wanted to elevate the quality and safety of their women’s healthcare in a financially viable way. They partnered with OBHG, and in 2014, they were one of only four organizations to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.