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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?"
It's not every day that an Ob Hospitalist Group employee can give a firsthand testimonial about the care she received from one of our OB hospitalists. Well, November 14, 2017 was the day when Katie Geiss, OBHG Human Resources Business Partner, and her husband Tom welcomed their first child. Unlike other moms-to-be, Katie was fortunate enough to have the inside connection, and she visited St. Francis Eastside in Greenville, SC, to meet OBHG hospitalists Dr. Maridee Spearman and Dr. John Nordeen a couple weeks before her delivery.
Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in December that only about one-third of pregnant women are getting flu shots. A startling 64 percent of pregnant women had not been vaccinated against the flu, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A brand new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and contemplate changes you'd like to make. If you've been curious about the benefits of hospitalist medicine, read on!
1) You can leave burnout behind
Is it time to get a life? If you’re currently in private practice, a switch to hospitalist medicine means leaving weighty administrative burdens behind, along with worries about liability and the financial stress that comes with running a business.
OB/GYNs who maintain crazy work hours and feel that they are being pulled in a million directions at once often suffer from burnout. If your batteries are running low, OBHG hospitalist Dr. Nahille Natour feels your pain. She’s written about her own experience with burnout for industry site Fierce Healthcare, and now she helps other physicians restore balance in their lives.
Aside from exhaustion or burnout, one of the most common reasons doctors consider a move to hospitalist work is the chance for more quality time with family. If your spouse, children or friends have practically forgotten what you look like, it may be time to consider a change!
We are proud to announce that OBHG Certified Nurse Midwife Christina Kopingon, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been appointed to the American Health Council's Board of Nurses. Kopingon serves as Midwife Team Lead at our OB hospitalist program at Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, FL. Congratulations, Christina!