NICU Staff and Families Reunite at St. Mark’s Hospital

By OBHG Marketing on September 18th, 2013

St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah (an OBHG hospital partner) recently demonstrated their passion for patients by hosting the annual NICU Reunion. Patients and their children were able to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for them in St. Mark's NICU those vital first days, weeks and months. And the caregivers got to share in the joy that their hard work, dedication and skill brings to the lives of their patients and families. Click here to read the full story and view the heart-warming video.  

Nearly 50% of U.S. Births Paid for by Medicaid

By OBHG Super Admin on September 17th, 2013

A study published by Women’s Health Issues in September 2013, revealed the percentage of births covered by Medicaid rose from 40% in 2008 to 48% in 2010, a difference of about 90,000 births.

The new study, intended to create a baseline to assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act, was generated by researchers at George Washington University and March of Dimes examining data for the nearly four million U.S. births in 2010, on a state-by-state basis. Southern states had the highest percentage of births paid for by the program, while the lowest rates were in the Northeast and Northwest. Hawaii received the least Medicaid funding at 24% with Louisiana topping the list at 70%. 

Currently, all states cover pregnant women with incomes up to 133% of the poverty level, under the Affordable Care Act, nearly half of the states will increase that coverage to 138%.  In addition to elevating the standard of care for all women and their newborns, Ob Hospitalist Group is committed to helping our hospital partners anticipate and respond to the changing tides in U.S. healthcare. Studies like this (Women’s Health Issues Volume 23, Issue 5) can serve as the basis for an informed dialogue among, community providers, hospitalists, and hospital administrators on how to best serve their patients.  

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients.  Contact an OBHG representative today at or  800.967.2289

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Data Shows a Stabilization in the U.S. Birth Rate

By OBHG Super Admin on September 16th, 2013

The National Vital Statistics Reports released on The September 6, 2013 (Volume 62, Number 3) presents the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics regarding the number of live births in the U.S.

According to thier report, while teenage pregnancy has decreased, more women in their 30s and 40s are having children.  

Further data reveals the falling delivery rate in the U.S. has stabilized, signifying what may be the end of the American "Baby Bust."  

As OBHG and our hospital partners continue to elevate the standard of women's healthcare, these statistics can be helpful in anticipating and addressing the future needs for Labor and Delivery departments, NICUs and hospital staff as well as preparing for the differing needs of changing demographics and considering the realignment of hospital resources. Click here to read their entire report.  

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients.  Contact an OBHG representative today at or  800.967.2289

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Ob Hospitalist Group and Collaborative Care with Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians

By OBHG Super Admin on September 12th, 2013

Brian Monks, MD, Medical Director of Practice Development at Ob Hospitalist Group discusses the supportive and collaborative nature of hospitalist medicine. Dr. Monks outlines how OBHG hospitalists work with community providers and Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians providing emergent care for pregnancy and delivery complications.


For more video discussions,  please visit the Ob Hospitalist Group Channel on YouTube. 

Collaborative Care Saves Lives at St. David’s Women’s Center

By Brian Monks, MD on September 12th, 2013

In 2005, Dr. Chris Swain, not satisfied that OB patients were the only patients presenting to a hospital who were not routinely seen by a physician, decided to create a comprehensive OB/GYN hospitalist model. Dr. Swain believed that physician triage in Labor and Delivery (L&D) would be safer and more consistent with the level of care received by patients in the other hospital units. He was also astute enough to recognize that many L&D triage units could function as emergency rooms with only minor modifications if a physician was present on a 24/7 basis to evaluate these patients.

This novel idea proved to be a huge breakthrough for the OB/GYN hospitalist movement and the physicians proved to be capable of elevating the quality of care for OB patients. One area of OB hospitalist utilization that is showing great promise as a result of this more comprehensive hospitalist model is the formation or expansion of a high risk OB/Maternal-Fetal Transport (MFT) service. Many hospitals have under-utilized Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and a limited ability to take care of high-risk OB patients because they are unable to provide adequate monitoring and rapid intervention without a qualified physician in-house at all times. These facilities often have limited access to or support of sub-specialists such as neonatologists (NEOs) and Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians (MFMs). Furthermore, community providers are commonly not interested in managing patients of this type because they are very time consuming and intrusive to the daily operation of a private practice. These patients are also at an increased risk for poor outcomes and can be associated with an increased risk of liability exposure for their providers. Hospitals are now exploring utilizing OB/GYN hospitalists, in partnership with MFMs and NEOs, to overcome these obstacles. OB/GYN hospitalists are proving themselves to be vital to the successful implementation and daily functioning of MFT services. 

Please click the video below for a brief overview of the factors that led up to St. David's implementing an Ob Hospitalist Group program.

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5,000 Lives Saved, 1,000,000 Hours Served, 50 Hospital Partners

By OBHG Marketing on September 12th, 2013

In 2006, Dr. Chris Swain, Founder and CMO of Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) had a vision, he wanted to ensure every expectant mother was afforded consistent, unconditional, quality medical care by a physician when presenting to the Labor and Delivery department. Dr. Swain’s vision didn’t end there though; he also knew in order to provide the highest achievable level of patient safety and satisfaction he needed to create a comprehensive OB/GYN hospitalist model beyond the typical laborist program that currently existed. Today, just seven years later, Ob Hospitalist Group is the single largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider in the United States.

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Pregnant Women with Emergent Care Needs Should Always See a Physician

By OBHG Marketing on July 30th, 2013

Ob Hospitalist Group founder, Dr. Chris Swain reveals that the Labor and Delivery department is the only place in the hospital where patients come for emergent care and don’t routinely see a physician.  An OBHG hospitalist program resolves this by ensuring there are highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYNs on site at our partner hospitals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat pregnant women presenting at the hospital.  

Ob Hospitalist Group Welcomes Our 48th Hospital Partner, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

By obhg.admin on July 26th, 2013

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Central Washington is OBHG’s newest and 48th hospital partner. Hospitalist care is a growing trend nationwide that helps increase access to specialists and improves patient outcomes. The OBED is staffed and managed by the Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), headquartered in Mauldin, SC and provides physician support and emergent care to all women presenting to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. 

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Osceola Regional Medical Center launches new residency program

By OBHG Super Admin on July 23rd, 2013

Beginning in July 2014, OBHG hospital partner, Osceola Regional Medical Center will launch an obstetrics and gynecology residency program approved by the American Osteopathic Association, the hospital announced last week. The residency will be a four-year program with two residents per year.

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OBHG Linking and Reprinting Policy

By OBHG Marketing on July 23rd, 2013

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