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An Award-winning Hospital Elevates the Quality and Safety of Their Women’s Healthcare Line
BACKGROUND: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (NAMC) was recently named one of The Top 100 Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent $83-million St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
CHALLENGE: Providing Affordable, Quality Women’s Healthcare in a Safe Environment
In the ever-changing landscape of women’s healthcare, it’s no longer enough to keep up with those changes but rather to anticipate and prepare for what comes next.We at Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) believe the hospitalist model is best suited to continue elevating women’s healthcare no matter what the future may bring. And we’re not alone. Dr. J. Joshua Kopelman, Chair of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (District VIII) firmly stated at the recent SOGH Annual meeting, “OB/GYN hospitalists in this country are the wave of the future. There’s no question about it.” Current research seems to confirm this:
- Accenture reports the percentage of physicians in private practice declined from 57% in 2000 to 39% in 2012.
- OB/GYNs listed medical liability (65.3%) and financial viability of their practice (44.3%) as their top two professional concerns in a 2008 ACOG survey. Both of these issues are resolved in a hospitalist model.
- 87% of physicians surveyed in 2012 cited the expense of running a business as their chief concern.
- According to a 2011 Medscape study, OB/GYNs who are partners in private practice earn $15,000-$25,000 less than their employed colleagues.
- Looking toward the future, a 2011 ACOG report predicts a shortage of 9,000 to 14,000 OB/GYNs over the next 20 years, which may be why ACOG strongly encourages collaborative care such as the hospitalist model.
Healthcare Industry research confirms the positive impact and value hospitalists programs like Ob Hospital Group have on hospital systems. In fact, not one study has shown a decrease in any quality measures. At the recent Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine the latest studies and statistic were presented in an effort to help industry stakeholders understand the life-changing advantages of the hospitalist model.
The first study group compared sixteen hospitals that employed hospitalists (H group) and eight that did not (NH group). Hospitals were matched for annual delivery volume, geographic area, teaching hospital status and level of neonatal ICU care. Their findings are below: 1