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A shift on labor and delivery units for Ob Hospitalist Group clinicians can be punctuated by quiet moments—and then sometimes there’s a hurricane.
The entire country watched as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward the Texas coast, bringing with it high winds of 130 miles an hour and horrendous flooding. On Aug. 25, the Category 4 hurricane crashed into the coast just northeast of Corpus Christi and dumped an estimated more than 50 inches of rain in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a landmark event for Texas," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said. "Texas has never seen an event like this."
OBHG hospitalist Dr. Michelle Mulder delivered twins by C-section at Christus Spohn Hospital South as Hurricane Harvey hit Corpus Christi. Our hospitals and obstetrical emergency departments in the Corpus Christi and Houston area are open and treating patients during this disaster. Our teams of clinicians are ensuring that they can provide seamless coverage to all patients in need and have even doubled up on shifts. OBHG employees across the country continue to keep the victims of Harvey in their thoughts.
As an OB/GYN and family member, Dr. Rakhi Dimino has seen physician bedside manner from both sides. This OBHG Medical Director of Operations has experienced some of the best and worst behavior from physicians who were treating her mother in the hospital, and she shares why she believes good bedside manner is a must.
Ob Hopitalist Group Medical Director of Operations Dr. Rakhi Dimino was interviewed for a recent U.S. News and World Report article featuring how hospitals are now handling emergencies involving pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Dimino told the news outlet that an obstetrical emergency department (OBED) provides a greater level of safety, especially for women who are at risk for pregnancy complications.
"All the patients have an opportunity to be screened by a physician-nurse team," she said. "It's the difference between predicting an emergency and simply reacting to an emergency."
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center's new obstetrical emergency department (OBED) was recently featured in the local Birmingham, Alabama business journal. The OBED, developed and managed by Ob Hospitalist Group, will provide a safety net for patients and community OB/GYNs.
Amy Beard, the hospital's vice president of women's services, noted that circumstances around pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable.
"We are pleased to offer our patients peace of mind knowing they’ll receive immediate, specialized care no matter when they arrive at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center," she said.
As a mom and an OBGYN, it hit me hard to learn that maternal mortality was higher in the United States than other developed nations. In the labor and delivery unit, I can vividly remember women who flirted with death and survived. One bled so profusely after birth that we heard the blood hit the ground. One mother sat straight up and said she was dying before she collapsed with an embolism. But we have read about other pregnant women who have died at home from a brain hemorrhage or from postpartum suicide. The birth of a baby should be one of the most normal events that a woman’s body endures, and even with access to modern medicine, we have not been able to decrease the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. for the last 25 years. Instead, it has actually increased. My home state of Texas leads the nation in the number of women who die during or shortly after delivery. Unfortunately, this is not a simple problem to solve, and there are many contributing factors.
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.