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“Teaching pregnant women the signs and symptoms of preterm labor can greatly reduce the number of preterm births and lifelong complications associated with premature deliveries. It is also essential to educate Obstetricians about proper screening for preterm labor using appropriate testing such as Fetal Fibronectin or Transvaginal ultrasound, or an algorithm such as the March of Dimes Preterm Labor Assessment Toolkit, as well as the treatment of preterm labor with appropriate tocolytics and medications to improve baby's outcome. Having OB hospitalists on the front lines in the battle against preterm labor ensures that patients are consistently and rapidly screened and treated by the most current guidelines whether it is Tuesday at 10 am or Saturday at 1 am.” — Dr. Rakhi Dimino, OBHG hospitalist and Board Certified OB/GYN
Every November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. At this time many health organizations launch campaigns to increase the awarenss of this life-threatening complication that is far too prevalent globally as well as locally. While the complications and conditions that cause premature deliveries are myriad, the one thing all health officials agree upon is that knowledge is power. Educating patients and practitioners as to the causes and symptoms of premature labor is vital in decreasing its incidence.
In recent weeks hospitals across the country have rushed to prepare their facilities and train staff to screen and isolate a patient who may potentially have Ebola so that their hospital will not suffer the same outcome as Texas Presbyterian. Many of us have been very focused on protecting ourselves, our staff and our patients from the deadly virus. So far worldwide, the virus has claimed more than 5,000 men, women and children by ravaging every system in their previously healthy bodies until their bodies can take no more.
The months have passed and the epidemic continues on despite millions of dollars spent and the thousands of aid workers and military servicemen who have risked their own lives to help. A glimmer of hope has just begun to shine. So far, in the United States, of the ten people that have sought treatment for the disease, eight have survived. That is an astonishing increase in the previously reported survival rate of 50 percent to 80 percent. The characteristics that the survivors have in common are essential to keep in mind. They have all had access to the most modern medical care very early on in the disease process. Most have also received experimental medications and/or an experimental plasma transfusions. The two who lost their lives, Mr. Duncan and most recently Dr. Salia, did not have access to the most modern medical care available until they were in very late stages of the disease. Potentially, therefore, if we are able to initiate treatment early in the disease process, we can save many more lives.
November is Premature Awareness Month and as such, a good time to discuss the importance of education and prenatal care in preventing the nearly 450,000 premature births in the US every year. Premature births not only lead to many health impairments for the child but negatively impact the nation’s healthcare system for years to come as well. Many premature or preterm births can be prevented. Educating expectant mothers and their families is key to ensuring there is a continued downward trend in the number of births that aren’t full term. Preterm is considered deliveries from 24 to 37 weeks.
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) has been named one of the 40 best-performing companies in South Carolina for 2014 by SC Biz News. Twenty large companies and 20 small companies have been named to the statewide Roaring Twenties list presented annually by SC Biz News. This honor recognizes the state’s best-performing companies based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2012-2013. OBHG was recognized as the fourth best-performing in the large company category.
"OBHG is honored to receive this highly-regarded award," said OBHG Marketing Director, Guy Kohn. "We owe this, and every honor to our passionate and dedicated employees, the clear vision and mission by which we are all guided and the rich economic and business climate of South Carolina."
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) a SC based OB/GYN hospitalist provider in the rapidly growing healthcare sector of obstetric hospital medicine, is pleased to announce they were included in The Capital Corporation South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Company list for the third year in a row. The annual list recognizes the top 25 private and publicly held companies statewide for extraordinary performance in both revenue and employment growth.
First and foremost, I am mom to two great kids; a daughter, 5 and a 3 year old son. They are 18 months apart so I've been pretty busy the last few years. My daughter was IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) and required an emergent c-section. I was thankful the hospital in which I delivered had doctors on-site at all times. She spent a few days in the NICU so I can relate to patients who have that experience. I was grateful she was in good hands, but upset she wasn't in my arms at all times. I am thankful I found a career niche where I can provide excellent patient care for women and newborns while spending time with my husband and kids.
For Immediate Release
October 14, 2014
Greenville, SC – Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) earned the position of 1,745 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. This is OBHG’s second consecutive year to receive this honor, in part due to a 239 percent growth rate over the last three years.
Although an Ebola outbreak is unlikely in the US, it is reasonable to think a virus with an asymptomatic incubation period of 21 days combined with the ease of 21st century airline travel may put our Labor and Delivery (L&D) units at risk. The majority of people with the Ebola virus, (60 to 75%) have been women. Perhaps gender roles play a major role in West Africa, where women generally take care of the sick, prepare bodies for burial, and act as nurses in clinical setting. In addition, pregnant women might be at particular risk for contracting the virus because, as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), pregnancy slightly impairs the immune system.
OBHG is proud to welcome King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky as our newest hospital partner to provide highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYN physicians (hospitalists) on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is OBHG’s sixth hospital partner in Kentucky. The addition of the Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) is in keeping with their vision: To deliver world-class care in their community.
The OBHG hospitalist team currently includes Dr. Timothy McMichens (Team Lead) and Dr. Stephen Mitchell.
For more information on King’s Daughters Medical Center please visit www.kdmc.com
OBHG is celebrating yet another noteworthy milestone: Recently, Dr. Brenda Watson, OBHG hospitalist at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, delivered the 50,000th baby ushered in to this world by an OBHG hospitalist. While this milestone celebrates the birth of one very special baby fortunate enough to be delivered by one very dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist; OBHG would like to take a moment to reflect on the enormity of that number. 50,000 lives; roughly the seating capacity for Yankee Stadium. Each of those 50,000 successful deliveries have touched so many lives and have been the cause of so many celebrations, large and small since our first OBHG delivery in 2006.