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Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona, part of the Dignity Health system, is planning a new five story tower that will house an obstretrical emergency department (OBED) managed by Ob Hospitalist Group, along with high risk labor and delivery and postpartum rooms, and a pediatrics wing.
The building, which will expand and advance care for the region's women and children, was made possible by an alliance between Dignity Health and Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Construction is set to begin in 2018 and the new tower is expected to open by 2020.
When St. David's South Austin Medical Center first partnered with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), local OB/GYNs were skeptical. Soon, they disovered the benefits of the partnership and the impact it has not only on their lives but the lives of their patients and their families.
“The hospitalists are easy to work with. They have made our call and coverage easier. They are very competent in their evaluation and treatment of our patients,” said Dr. Ana Eduardo of Hill Country OB/GYN in Austin, TX.
As a former private-practice OB/GYN, Dr. Michael Green witnessed many of his colleagues trying to maintain their rigorous schedules as they neared retirement age. Seventeen years into his career, he was approached after a 2 a.m. delivery by a nurse who suggested that he look into hospitalist medicine. Although he first thought the idea of an OB hospitalist lifestyle seemed too good to be true, Dr. Green started researching his options. He soon decided to leave private practice behind for a career with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) and he hasn’t looked back yet.
Dr. Green jumped ship and began working for OBHG in September 2016. He was recently promoted to Team Lead at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, CA, and works with a team of eight clinicians.
He isn’t all that surprised that there is a national shortage of OB/GYNs. Much like the report Doximity released in late July, Dr. Green attributes the lack of physicians to several issues: the absence of younger OB/GYNs in practice; high maternity workloads; and earlier retirement age. In the sections below, we provide insight from Dr. Green on each of these issues affecting the OB/GYN industry today.
While breastfeeding fell out of favor in the U.S. for a time during the 1960s and 70s due to women working outside the home and an overall lack of information and support, the practice has seen a reawakening as moms and clinicians learn more about the health reasons to nourish babies with mothers' milk whenever possible.
Ob Hospitalist Group clinicians do not compete with local providers, they collaborate with them, acting as an extension to provide a higher standard of care for women and their babies. Watch the video to hear more from OBHG Medical Director of Operations Nicholas Kulbida, MD.
Did you know that obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) experience a higher probability of a lawsuit when compared to other specialties? From allegations of delay in care, failure to diagnose, and surgical injuries, there are many circumstances in which a physician might be named as an individual party to a lawsuit. In fact, by age 65, 75 percent of physicians in low-risk specialties and 99 percent in high-risk specialties will have experienced a lawsuit. According to several recent studies, OB/GYNS are among the most likely to be sued among all physicians. To better understand the liability that private-practice OB/GYNs face and how they can ensure their practice is safe, we asked Ob Hospitalist Group’s Heather Moore, Director of Risk Management, Quality and Compliance, to answer a few questions.
In a recent article published by Becker's Hospital Review, Ob Hospitalist Group Chief Executive Officer Leonard Castiglione and Medical Director of Operations Nicholas Kulbida, MD provide their observations on where the OB hospitalist industry stands today and how they believe it will evolve. In addition, they share tips for hospital leaders on how to help their physicians avoid burnout.
It was different when you were in medical school. You became a doctor to serve patients, and an obstetrician to give babies the healthiest possible start in life. Your chosen profession required numerous personal sacrifices, but you did whatever it took, and you made it. Now you’re a skilled, successful and well-respected healer - a pillar of the community. And you’re exhausted.
Plus, your bucket list is getting dusty.
Are today’s medical students looking for an easier path? They do tend to embrace a different set of values - unapologetically eschewing 24/7 availability and intense pressure in favor of work/life balance and, well, sleep. Maybe they’re onto something.
Here’s a shocking fact: more women in the U.S. die during childbirth than in any other developed country, and experts think the problem will likely get worse. Since 1990, countries like South Korea and Germany have seen a sharp decline in the number of women who die in childbirth, while U.S. rates have been steadily increasing. But why? Experts attribute this trend to the rise in chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, women giving birth at older ages, rural access issues, and untreated maternal mental health problems. These health issues put women at greater risk for pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Medically unnecessary C-sections are a thing of the past. Hospitals across the U.S. are clamping down on the number of C-sections they perform to reach the national target of 23.9 percent by year 2020. At a current national average of 25.8 percent, there's still work to be done. Many studies explore the C-section rate and trends, but a recent article published by Huffington Post uncovers an unexpected factor that can determine if an expectant mother will have a C-section.