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On National Doctor’s Day 2018, Ob Hospitalist Group recognizes the crucial, life changing work our hospitalists do each and every day.
Founded by an obstetrician who envisioned a better, safer way to deliver emergency OB care and offer clinicians a more balanced personal lifestyle, Ob Hospitalist Group provides unparalleled support for our employed physicians, along with benefits for the private OB/GYNs who practice near or have admitting privileges at our 130 partner hospitals across the nation.
Ob Hospitalist Group is pleased to announce our second new partnership of 2018, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. Orange Coast's OB hospitalist program launched on March 7, and it features full-time triage.
Admidst the national opioid epidemic, OBHG hospitalists are taking measures to ensure they are not feeding addiction among postpartum patients. Dr. Stephen T. Bashuk, OBHG Medical Director of Operations, suggests three approaches physicians, department heads, and hospital administrators can take when addressing this issue.
When it comes to her specialty, Dr. Lydia Sims has pretty much done it all.
Fresh out of residency, she developed a much-needed prenatal program – which is still in operation today – at a public health clinic in San Antonio. She worked as a contract OB/GYN for the U.S. military, joined private group practices in Kentucky and Louisiana, and was employed by a large healthcare corporation. She also founded a successful solo practice which she operated for 13 years.
Dr. Sims notes that the industry has gone through a lot of changes in the past decade, and that many OBs are faced with numerous, draining tasks that can take precious time and energy away from patient care.
“In private practice you’re doing more than just providing medical care to your patient, because you’re so busy with who’s working today, who’s going to show up tomorrow, co-pays, insurance companies, filling out piles of forms, and government requirements,” she says. “It was taking the fun out of medicine.”
Photo: Dr. Lydia Sims (bottom right) with her husband, a hand surgeon, and their two children.
What a difference a few decades makes. As recently as the 1940s, children born with Down syndrome were expected to live only to age 12. By the 1980s, life expectancy was about 25 years. Today, the average person with Down syndrome lives to be 60. Last year, Guinness World Records listed Kenny Cridge of England as the world’s oldest living person with Down syndrome.
Earlier this month, Dr. Jane van Dis, OBHG hospitalist and medical director of business development, was quoted in a Reader's Digest story, 15 Signs Your Weight Gain Means Your Health is in Trouble. Dr. van Dis shares her insight into three of the signs that weight gain could be a bigger issue: irregular periods, painful periods, and abdominal pain.
Ob Hospitalist Group will be attending the following meetings or conferences in the near future:
January 13-16; Bonita Springs, FL
January 31 - February 2; Dallas, Texas
Michigan Section of ACOG
February 2-4; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
February 23-24; Anaheim, CA
March 5; Lansing Center, MI
April 12-15; Indianapolis, IN
March 11-17 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is the primary sponsor of the annual observance through its United for Patient Safety Campaign.
IHI is asking both clinicians and consumers to focus on patient safety as a serious public health issue.
Millions of women around the world suffer from endometriosis — a condition in which uterine tissue migrates and grows abnormally outside of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms, while others experience severe pain, especially during their menstrual period.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that about one in 10 reproductive-age women suffers from endometriosis.
From ReachMD with host Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG
Obstetrical emergency care units offer pregnant women highly-specialized emergency care as a better alternative to the traditional emergency room visit. These units have been proven to increase patient satisfaction and improve emergency room wait time lengths. Where are they being utilized, and what are the barriers to implementing them nationwide?
Host Renée Allen talks with guests Dr. Brian Gilpin, national clinical director of operations for OB hospitalists at Mednax National Medical Group, and OBHG Founder Dr. Christopher Swain. They discuss the benefits and challenges of obstetrical emergency care units.