California OBHG hospital partners make 2017 C-section honor roll

By OBHG Marketing on January 26th, 2018

Earlier this month, the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) and Smart Care California released their 2017 C-section honor roll, recognizing hospitals that met or surpassed a 23.9 percent C-section birth rate for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. OBHG is proud that 11 of our 18 California hospital partners made the honor roll, and all but one made the list for two consecutive years. The full honor roll lists 111 hospitals, accounting for 45 percent of California's 242 hospitals that offer maternity services.

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OBHG’s Dr. Mark Simon quoted in Parents Magazine article on flu vaccines

By OBHG Marketing on January 24th, 2018

Should you still get a flu shot? Experts say it's not too late

Parents are understandably freaking out about the severity of this year's flu, which has so far killed 30 children, according to the CDC. For the first time, the entire country except Hawaii and DC is reporting widespread flu, with many cases from a particularly nasty strain called H3N2. The first question on every parent's mind is, "What can I do to keep my child from catching it?"

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OBHG employee delivers first child at OBHG partner hospital St. Francis Eastside

By OBHG Marketing on January 23rd, 2018

It's not every day that an Ob Hospitalist Group employee can give a firsthand testimonial about the care she received from one of our OB hospitalists. Well, November 14, 2017 was the day when Katie Geiss, OBHG Human Resources Business Partner, and her husband Tom welcomed their first child. Unlike other moms-to-be, Katie was fortunate enough to have the inside connection, and she visited St. Francis Eastside in Greenville, SC, to meet OBHG hospitalists Dr. Maridee Spearman and Dr. John Nordeen a couple weeks before her delivery.

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Dr. Mark Simon publishes flu shot article on STAT News

By OBHG Marketing on January 18th, 2018

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.

OBHG Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon wrote an article for national industry site STAT News addressing the alarming number of pregnant women choosing to forgo the influenza shot.

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New year, new career: Top 5 reasons to become an OB hospitalist

By OBHG Marketing on January 16th, 2018

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!

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American Health Council welcomes OBHG certified nurse midwife to nursing board

By OBHG Marketing on January 12th, 2018

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!

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Folic acid should be priority for all women of childbearing age

By OBHG Marketing on January 9th, 2018

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.

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Collaboration with hospitalists, rather than competition, improves patient care

By OBHG Marketing on January 5th, 2018

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. 

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OBHG hospitalist quoted in NBC News article on delivery room disparities

By OBHG Marketing on January 3rd, 2018

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.

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OBHG Medical Director of Operations sharpens leadership skills for enhanced partnership

By OBHG Marketing on January 2nd, 2018

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

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