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Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in December that only about one-third of pregnant women are getting flu shots. A startling 64 percent of pregnant women had not been vaccinated against the flu, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A brand new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and contemplate changes you'd like to make. If you've been curious about the benefits of hospitalist medicine, read on!
1) You can leave burnout behind
Is it time to get a life? If you’re currently in private practice, a switch to hospitalist medicine means leaving weighty administrative burdens behind, along with worries about liability and the financial stress that comes with running a business.
OB/GYNs who maintain crazy work hours and feel that they are being pulled in a million directions at once often suffer from burnout. If your batteries are running low, OBHG hospitalist Dr. Nahille Natour feels your pain. She’s written about her own experience with burnout for industry site Fierce Healthcare, and now she helps other physicians restore balance in their lives.
Aside from exhaustion or burnout, one of the most common reasons doctors consider a move to hospitalist work is the chance for more quality time with family. If your spouse, children or friends have practically forgotten what you look like, it may be time to consider a change!
We are proud to announce that OBHG Certified Nurse Midwife Christina Kopingon, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been appointed to the American Health Council's Board of Nurses. Kopingon serves as Midwife Team Lead at our OB hospitalist program at Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, FL. Congratulations, Christina!
Over the past couple years, the Zika virus has stolen the spotlight from other concerns that newly pregnant women may have. As they worry that Zika infection can increase their risk for bearing a child with birth defects such as microcephaly, they may be interested to know that a certain dietary deficiency also can elevate the risk for birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs).
That critical preventive nutrient is vitamin B-9 or folic acid.
On December 31, 2017, KevinMD.com featured an editorial from OBHG hospitalist and Senior Director of Medical Operations Dr. Charles Jaynes. In the article, Jaynes, a 34-year private OB/GYN veteran, writes why he supports hospitalist medicine while presenting perspectives from hospital leadership, patients, and private physicians alike.
Recently, Dr. Karen Scott, OB hospitalist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, CA, was quoted in an NBC News feature article titled "The elephant in the delivery room: How doctor bias hurts brown and black mothers." The story focuses on the poor treatment minority women report experiencing in the delivery room due to ethnicity, cultural background, or language.
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) physicians and leaders are always striving to become better at what they do, hungry for professional development opportunities. OBHG Medical Director of Operations (MDO) and OB/GYN Dr. Donald Toatley is no exception. Toatley lives outside of Phoenix, AZ and has served as MDO since October 2016. He also acts as team lead for our OB hospitalist programs at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center.
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) elected new officers and board members at its Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans this September. Among the new members are two OBHG clinicians, Dr. Jane van Dis and Dr. Stacy Norton. SOGH highlighted the board in its recent year-end message.
“The Society is energized by this tremendous group of volunteers and for their commitment to serve,” said SOGH officials.
Ob Hospitalist Group is proud to announce the launch of our latest hospitalist program at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. earlier this month. Ocean Medical Center is part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system and is a 281-bed community hospital. Our partnership is beginning as a part-time triage and will transition to a Type A obstetric emergency department in early 2018.