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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. One leader of these leaders is Kristen Fuentealba, Director of Hospital Operations over Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Every day, Ob Hospitalist Group's clinical and operational leadership teams support our clinicians 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. Dr. Charles Rollison is an MDO for the OBHG region that includes Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
He focuses on clinical operations, including clinical leadership, hospital relationships, new program starts, clinical strategic leadership, and business development support. Our MDOs help ensure the clinical teams are delivering quality programs that achieve both OBHG's and the hospital's clinical and operational objectives.
According to OBHG's Dr. Jane van Dis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) attempts can reduce medically unnecessary C-sections. This week, Contemporary OB/GYN published an article by Dr. van Dis, who serves as OBHG's Medical Director for Business Development and an OB hopsitalist in Bakersfield, CA.
"The VBAC attempt rate is only about 9%, even though the overall success rate for women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean delivery is estimated at 60% to 80%. We can do better," she writes.
For most people, the very notion of having heart surgery performed on their newborn is terrifying. In fact, a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that parents whose children have undergone cardiac surgery had an elevated risk for trauma, depression, and psychological distress. Even though outcomes from infant heart surgery have improved over the past decades, the prospect nonetheless induces anxiety.
Ob Hospitalist Group is pleased to announce that we are entering into the Connecticut market! We are excited to be partnering with a facility in Waterbury to develop a brand new hospitalist program.
The hospital is an acute care and surgical facility that handles more than 1,000 deliveries each year. It is home to a level III neonatal intensive care unit, 25 labor and delivery beds, and maternal-fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies.
Today, hospitals face more issues and challenges than ever before. Certification and scope of practice are key issues. But even greater is the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The more the industry tries to rein in costs and streamline care, the bigger role hospitalists play. Hospitalists address a wide range of issues from efficiency of care, pay-for-performance measures and increasing patient capacity, to quality incentives and quality improvement in patient safety and care.
Many OBHG clinicians volunteer in leadership roles within their program hospitals, communities or professional organizations. In the Leadership in Action series, OBHG hospitalists share how they choose to serve others.
Dr. Becky Graham cares about education. The Tyler, TX hospitalist has served on multiple professional committees over the years, and was recently named co-chair of the 2018 American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) Fall Conference.
Earlier this month, University of North Carolina Health Care interviewed OBHG hospitalist Dr. James Hardy on the topic of ovarian cysts. "Most ovarian cysts are harmless and cause no pain. They go away on their own, and you never even knew they existed. But sometimes ovarian cysts can be more serious and require medical attention." Dr. Hardy is the team lead at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.
Earlier this month, the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) and Smart Care California released their 2017 C-section honor roll, recognizing hospitals that met or surpassed a 23.9 percent C-section birth rate for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. OBHG is proud that 11 of our 18 California hospital partners made the honor roll, and all but one made the list for two consecutive years. The full honor roll lists 111 hospitals, accounting for 45 percent of California's 242 hospitals that offer maternity services.
Should you still get a flu shot? Experts say it's not too late
Parents are understandably freaking out about the severity of this year's flu, which has so far killed 30 children, according to the CDC. For the first time, the entire country except Hawaii and DC is reporting widespread flu, with many cases from a particularly nasty strain called H3N2. The first question on every parent's mind is, "What can I do to keep my child from catching it?"