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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) elected new officers and board members at its Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans this September. Among the new members are two OBHG clinicians, Dr. Jane van Dis and Dr. Stacy Norton. SOGH highlighted the board in its recent year-end message.
“The Society is energized by this tremendous group of volunteers and for their commitment to serve,” said SOGH officials.
Ob Hospitalist Group is proud to announce the launch of our latest hospitalist program at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. earlier this month. Ocean Medical Center is part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system and is a 281-bed community hospital. Our partnership is beginning as a part-time triage and will transition to a Type A obstetric emergency department in early 2018.
Dr. Deanah Jibril, Ob Hospitalist Group Team Lead at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler in Texas, is now lending her voice to help guide U.S. health policy. She was recently accepted into the prestigious American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship program.
By: Jane Van Dis, MD, FACOG, OBHG Medical Director for Business Development
This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of the ACOG District IX newsletter.
“Health care providers should have syphilis on their radar and ensure that all pregnant women are tested at the first prenatal visit. Pregnant women with risk factors for syphilis, sporadic prenatal care, drug use, and those living in areas with high syphilis morbidity (particularly in central California) should be tested again for syphilis early in the third trimester and at delivery.” —Heidi Bauer, MD, CDPH, STD Control Branch Chief