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By: Jane Van Dis, MD, FACOG, OBHG Medical Director for Business Development
This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of the ACOG District IX newsletter.
“Health care providers should have syphilis on their radar and ensure that all pregnant women are tested at the first prenatal visit. Pregnant women with risk factors for syphilis, sporadic prenatal care, drug use, and those living in areas with high syphilis morbidity (particularly in central California) should be tested again for syphilis early in the third trimester and at delivery.” —Heidi Bauer, MD, CDPH, STD Control Branch Chief
Medical malpractice liability is a persistent concern in healthcare. Nationally, costs related to malpractice liability top roughly $150 billion annually, and one of the most significant risk areas is in obstetrics.
In late November, we launched our latest OB hospitalist program at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas.
We have hired a team of highly skilled, board-certified OB clinicians to run this new obstetric emergency department (from left to right): Dr. Audrey Puentes; Dr. Edward Clark; Dr. Julie Thomas; Dr. Miguel Cintron; Dr. Gaynelle Rolling; and Dr. Cheng Song. Dr. Song and Dr. Clark will provide backup coverage, and Dr. Cintron will serve as the program's team lead.
After missing too many events in his children’s lives and suffering from career burnout like so many obstetricians do, Dr. Stephen “Todd” Bashuk was ready for a change.
Last year he decided to leave his private practice in Georgia and pursue a new career path. He accepted a position as an Ob Hospitalist Group team lead at one of our hospital programs near beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas.
He moved into the OBHG medical director of operations role at his hospital earlier this year.
Bashuk says the transition has made a tremendous positive difference in his life.
We asked him to discuss his journey to hospitalist medicine, how his work has impacted patients, and how his own family life has changed.
By: S. Todd Bashuk, MD, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations based out of Fayetteville, AR
Ah, the holidays. I remember being in med school and my family celebrating Thanksgiving in Atlanta while I was in St. Louis studying for finals. I thought it was no big deal – I’d have privacy to study, and frankly, going to my brother’s house and eating turducken wasn’t exactly Disney World. I could not have been more wrong. Domino’s does not make a turkey and dressing pizza nor does Hunan Wok make General Tso’s turkey. But as much as my brother annoys me, I missed his Bill O’Reilly rant and his turducken. When it was time to celebrate the new year, I sat alone in a call room, eating cafeteria-pressed turkey while the world celebrated. I missed my dad’s collard greens and black-eyed peas.
We are proud to announce that three Ob Hospitalist Group partner hospitals in the Richmond, Va. area were named Richmond’s Favorite Place to Have a Baby in Style Weekly’s annual Family Favorites poll. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va.; Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va.; and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va. were named first, second, and third, respectively. We are fortunate to have such wonderful partnerships with the clinical teams at these hospitals so we are able to collaboratively raise the bar when it comes to women's healthcare!
Dr. Lisbeth Jordan has always been driven to improve health and health care. Not just at home in Bellevue, Washington, but around the globe.
She has been able to follow her passion and do meaningful work in several developing countries. But when she was working as a private practice physician, the intangible rewards she gained through service to others came at a cost to her clinic.
Now an Ob Hospitalist Group clinician, Jordan can not only set her own schedule and spend more time with her family - but she can volunteer without the stress and anxiety that comes with leaving a business unattended.
In recent years she has traveled to Serra Grande, Brazil to help build sustainable health and education initiatives in partnership with the local community. This year she served as team lead for a project aimed at educating and empowering the area's teenage girls.
Each quarter, Ob Hospitalist Group employees nominate teammates who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the company's core values.
The OBHG leadership team selects one clinician and one support staff member to receive the You Delivered! award for their outstanding performance. For the third quarter of 2017, OBHG recognized OB hospitalist Dr. Peter Genaris, and Senior Hospital Operations Analyst Jorge Lopez.
By: Amy VanBlaricom, MD, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations based out of Seattle, WA
Did you know that as the U.S. population grows, the number of physicians going into the OB/GYN specialty remains the same? The OB/GYN shortage will increasingly become an issue, but OB hospitalist programs can help relieve community physicians who are stretched too thin and quickly burning out.
Every individual who works for Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) impacts our vision to elevate the standard of women's healthcare. This month, RevCycle Intelligence featured OBHG's Revenue Cycle Management Team, which runs like a well-oiled machine to streamline business operations for our 130 hospitalist programs across 30 states.