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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.
With the all of the appropriate attention on maternal health, what are some of the actions we can take to improve patient safety? OBHG Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon weighs in on “Rethinking the Delivery of Maternal Care.”
OBHG’s new OB hospitalist program at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia proved its worth on the first day. Hours after the program launched, an expectant mother arrived in distress. She was immediately seen by Dr. Davis Sullivan, OBHG hospitalist and site medical director at Phoebe Putney.
Obstetrics is a highly-charged environment. Under the traditional “call model” of hospital obstetrics, siloed care can create an atmosphere ripe for error.
Today, OBHG Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee raising concerns about the country’s maternal mortality rate. In his letter, Dr. Simon warned that one of the primary challenges to improving U.S. maternal-fetal outcomes is clinical discrepancies in how care is delivered for pregnant women.
We’ve all heard the shocking statistic by now: the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate of any developed country – 26.4 per 100,000 births. USA TODAY has been investigating this issue in its “Deadly Deliveries” series since July, when they repeatedly contacted 75 hospitals in 13 states to find out if they were following best practice safety protocols. Half wouldn’t answer the questions.
OBHG certified midwives Aspen Green and Natalie Martina recently coauthored an article for Midwifery Today titled “Smooth Transitions: Making Hospital Transfers Better.”
Please join us in congratulating Drs. Rakhi Dimino and Jane Van Dis on their recent appointments to the 2018/2019 Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) board of directors.
The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world and it continues to increase. OBHG Chief Medical Director Dr. Mark Simon and Medical Director of Operations, Dr. Rakhi Dimino recently co-authored an article that was published by The Hill about the need for a new approach to labor and delivery to protect pregnant mothers and babies.
Ob Hospitalist Group is celebrating the long-serving clinicians who carry out our mission and transform care for mothers and babies every day.
Dr. Charrell Thomas, one of the first physicians to join the OBHG team, has worked as a hospitalist since 2008 and now serves as team lead at Memorial Hospital – Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.