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By: S. Todd Bashuk, MD, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations based out of Fayetteville, AR
Ah, the holidays. I remember being in med school and my family celebrating Thanksgiving in Atlanta while I was in St. Louis studying for finals. I thought it was no big deal – I’d have privacy to study, and frankly, going to my brother’s house and eating turducken wasn’t exactly Disney World. I could not have been more wrong. Domino’s does not make a turkey and dressing pizza nor does Hunan Wok make General Tso’s turkey. But as much as my brother annoys me, I missed his Bill O’Reilly rant and his turducken. When it was time to celebrate the new year, I sat alone in a call room, eating cafeteria-pressed turkey while the world celebrated. I missed my dad’s collard greens and black-eyed peas.
We are pleased to welcome Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT to the OBHG family as a part-time weekend program. The program will transition to a full-time program by February 2019. This is OBHG's 23rd program to start in 2018.
Community OB physicians, nurses, hospital staff and OBHG team members recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of OBHG’s OB hospitalist program at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida. An inscribed plaque, cake and food were part of the commemorative event.
Illinois recently released its Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report. The report recommends, among other things, the establishment of maternal levels of care and clear policies within emergency departments to ensure pregnant and postpartum women consult with an obstetrical provider.
Even during the holidays, hospitals never close and newborns never take a day off. Yet OB/GYNs often struggle to strike the right balance between their professional responsibility to care for patients over the holidays and spending time with family.
Every day, OBHG’s clinical and operational leadership teams support our hospitalists in their programs. The medical director of operations, regional vice president of operations, and director of hospital operations work to help ensure that programs run smoothly and facilitate hospitalists’ success.
The tragedy of the U.S. maternal mortality rate is unacceptable, and steps must be taken to end preventable maternal death in the U.S. OBHG supports H.R. 1318/S. 1112, bipartisan legislation that helps states establish or improve their maternal mortality review committees to examine maternal death cases and identify locally-relevant ways to prevent future deaths.
Dr. Robert Southwick, an OB Hospitalist Group clinician at Aurora West Allis Medical Center in Wisconsin, was recently featured in an Inside Edition story about a patient who gave birth to her daughter on the way to the hospital.