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Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) is proud to announce the opening of eight new OB/GYN hospitalist programs in the 2015 fourth quarter, tying the 2015 first quarter as the most starts in a three-month period since inception. OBHG has implemented programs for the following hospital partners:
- Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, Hoffman Estates, IL
- Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, Carrollton, TX
- Florida Hospital Tampa, Tampa, FL
- JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, FL
- Memorial Hospital Central, Colorado Springs, CO
- Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, Tyler, TX
- Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge, CA
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, CA
Continuing our blog series for International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, this post discusses sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) along with Hepatitis B and C. Most STDs, including Syphilis, Genital Herpes, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), also can be passed to the baby. A very common sexually transmitted infection, Chlamydia trachomatis, targets a woman’s reproductive tract and can prompt pelvic inflammatory disease or other complications, including ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or even infertility.
Chlamydia can be passed to the newborn, increasing the risk of early labor and post-natal eye infection in the newborn, possibly even pneumonia at one to three months of age. Most women have no symptoms. If diagnosed, pregnant women can be treated with a number of safe antibiotics, and the infection can be eliminated before giving birth.
Findings from a study published recently by the New England Journal of Medicine (and widely shared online) cite OB/GYN as one of four top medical specialties targeted in medical malpractice claims. It’s true, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Approximately one out of every 10 OB/GYN physicians nationwide is named in a malpractice claim every year. 1 in 10! How healthcare facilities operate and utilize personnel can make all the difference in mitigating malpractice risk and delivering the best quality care possible to expectant mothers.
Mothers-to-be, especially first-timers, have many questions. Am I getting enough folic acid? Is drinking coffee OK? Should I get a flu shot? How much weight gain is normal? What is my risk for preeclampsia?
Because February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) wants women to be aware of both common and not-so-common prenatal infections, as well as actions that can prevent them. We will share information throughout the month about different infections.
Critics assert that healthcare in the United States, perhaps inadvertently, has become an example of “ready-fire-aim” thinking. For decades, our conventional model has been tweaked and refined to create necessary cost efficiencies that are palatable to the traditional fee-for-service, insurance-shaped marketplace. The old model — which industry experts dubbed the First Curve Paradigm — typically put urgent, episodic, acute care front and center.
In this First Curve culture, preventive, chronic, and longer-term care are relegated to a volume-based healthcare periphery where patients basically fend for themselves. This often involves navigating an uncoordinated network of independent providers operating as turf-protected islands unto themselves. There is little communication among providers, no strategy to sustain the patient’s health beyond isolated episodes, no forward-thinking plan for maintaining the wellness of the patient or even entire population groups.
As the Zika Virus continues to spread around the globe, particularly in South and Central America, pregnant women planning "babymoons" should take note of travel alerts from the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Rakhi Dimino recently wrote a blog post for the Texas Medical Association aimed at alerting women in Texas to this advisory and what precautions they should take to protect themselves.
To read the full article, visit the Me & My Doctor blog.
Dr. Dimino is a Houston OB Hospitalist and Medical Director of Operations for OB Hospitalist Group.
Although the risk this winter for contracting the Zika Virus remains relatively low for pregnant women in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) this week declared Zika a global “public health emergency of international concern.” While that reference sounds frightening on the surface, the WHO declaration is intended less to be alarmist and more to coordinate funding and expertise among governments around the world to begin the long-term task of managing the epidemic. Any Zika outbreaks in the United States are projected to be both insignificant and localized.
Teresa Medlin, VP of Human Resources at Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), was recently named 2015 HR Professional of the Year by the Greenville Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (GSHRM). This annual award, presented at the January GSHRM membership meeting, recognizes excellence and achievement within the Human Resources profession.
Medlin has successfully developed and led creative and results-oriented Human Resource strategies and programs in high performing, growth-oriented companies for more than 20 years. She is certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). In 2015, Medlin became a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) — a global credential which supports engaging and empowering teams.
Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be aware of a low-level risk in the United States of contracting the Zika virus, which has been observed in recent months in Brazil and several Caribbean and Latin American countries. About 12 cases of people in the United States being infected with the virus have been confirmed in Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Hawaii. All of the infected individuals recently had traveled to Latin American countries.
The virus is believed to be responsible for an escalation of congenital microcephaly in newborns and for stillborn births. Babies born with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and under-developed brains. Because of this, they suffer a number of medical complications and developmental issues requiring constant care. Most have a life expectancy of only 10 years, though some live into their 30s.
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the nation’s largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider, is pleased to welcome new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Kevin Krenzke. Krenzke joins OBHG with almost 20 years of finance and accounting experience, most of which has been working with rapidly growing healthcare companies.
Krenzke’s healthcare experience includes serving as chief financial officer for one of the nation’s largest oncology practices, as well as in financial, operating and strategy roles with McKesson Specialty Health. In addition, he has held management positions in the mergers and acquisitions and financial assurance practices of Deloitte, BDO Seidman and Arthur Andersen.
“Despite being a relatively young company, OBHG has grown to serve more than 90 hospitals across the country. The rapid growth and strong demand for our services demonstrates the importance of ensuring families have access to quality obstetric care in a model that is financially viable for our hospital partners,” said Krenzke. “I look forward to working with our management team and customers to continue expand program offerings and the availability of women’s health services.”
As an integral member of the Executive Management Team, Krenzke is responsible for OBHG’s financial operations and works closely with the development and operating teams to support growth and improve effectiveness. He is a certified public accountant and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.