When Preparing for Ebola Don’t Forget Labor & Delivery

By Dr. Rakhi Dimino on October 20th, 2014

Although an Ebola outbreak is unlikely in the US, it is reasonable to think a virus with an asymptomatic incubation period of 21 days combined with the ease of 21st century airline travel may put our Labor and Delivery (L&D) units at risk.  The majority of people with the Ebola virus, (60 to 75%) have been women.  Perhaps gender roles play a major role in West Africa, where women generally take care of the sick, prepare bodies for burial, and act as nurses in clinical setting.  In addition, pregnant women might be at particular risk for contracting the virus because, as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), pregnancy slightly impairs the immune system.

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OBHG Welcomes King’s Daughters Medical Center as Hospital Partner

By OBHG Super Admin on October 20th, 2014

OBHG is proud to welcome King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky as our newest hospital partner to provide highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYN physicians (hospitalists) on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is OBHG’s sixth hospital partner in Kentucky. The addition of the Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) is in keeping with their vision:  To deliver world-class care in their community. 

The OBHG hospitalist team currently includes Dr. Timothy McMichens (Team Lead) and Dr. Stephen Mitchell. 

For more information on King’s Daughters Medical Center please visit www.kdmc.com

Every Birth is a Triumph

By OBHG Super Admin on October 17th, 2014

OBHG is celebrating yet another noteworthy milestone: Recently, Dr. Brenda Watson, OBHG hospitalist at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, delivered the 50,000th baby ushered in to this world by an OBHG hospitalist. While this milestone celebrates the birth of one very special baby fortunate enough to be delivered by one very dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist; OBHG would like to take a moment to reflect on the enormity of that number. 50,000 lives; roughly the seating capacity for Yankee Stadium. Each of those 50,000 successful deliveries have touched so many lives and have been the cause of so many celebrations, large and small since our first OBHG delivery in 2006. 

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OBHG Garners Four More Accolades

By OBHG Super Admin on October 17th, 2014

Ob Hospitalist Group is proud to have garnered four distinguished honors within the last two months. We have earned the position of 1,745 on the 2014 Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. This is OBHG's second consecutive year to receive this honor, in part due to a 239% growth rate over the last three years.

 

For 33 years, this exclusive list has provided a comprehensive look at America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies like Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many othes gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

More locally we are proud to have been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the second year in a row.  This program is sponsored by The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Best Companies Group and the publishers of SCBIZ News.

Best Places to Work in South Carolina is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the state's most innovative and top-notch employers in South Carolina. Only 50 corporations statewide received this honor for 2014.

Ob Hospitalist also has been named one of the 40 best-performing companies in South Carolina for 2014 by SC Biz News. Twenty large companies and 20 small companies have been named to the statewide Roaring Twenties list presented annually by SC Biz News. This honor recognizes the state’s best-performing companies based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2012-2013. OBHG was recognized in the large company category.

Finally, for the third year in a row, OBHG has been included in the 2014 South Carolina’s Fastest-Growing Company list. The annual list recognizes the top 25 private and publicly held companies statewide for extraordinary performance in both revenue and employment growth.

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Ob Hospitalist Group is Proud to Welcome Hospital Partner, Centegra Hospital-McHenry

By OBHG Super Admin on October 14th, 2014

Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) is Proud to Announce Our New Hospital Partner, Centegra Hospital-McHenry.

This hospital is part of the Centegra Health System and is located in McHenry, Illinois. They opened their new Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED) October 14, 2014. This new service is a result of a partnership between Centegra Health System and OBHG that ensures highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYN physicians (hospitalists) are on-site at their hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The physician team includes: Dr. JoDee Brandon, Team Lead, Dr. Karenmarie Meyer, Dr. Alysia Townsend, Dr. Carey Bacalar, Dr. Alan Johnson, Dr. Cherise Cokley, Dr. Christal West and Dr. Timothy Vierling.

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients. An OBHG representative would be happy to answer any questions you have as well. Or schedule a consultation today!

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Taking Patient Satisfaction to New Heights

By Heather Moore on October 14th, 2014

I’m pleased to announce that Ob Hospitalist Group has created a Patient Advocacy Committee to provide a forum for OBHG patients to voice their care concerns or complaints, and to serve as a forum to discuss and resolve these issues as an additional support service for our physicians and hospital partners.

The Patient Advocacy Committee will be chaired by the Patient Advocacy Liaison, currently myself, and this role will include working with patients, providers, and hospitals to determine appropriate reviews needed, action items, and appropriate patient responses. The Committee at large will meet on an ad hoc basis as these issues emerge and is represented by the Operations, Legal, Compliance, Risk, HR and Quality teams as primary committee members.


There is a fair amount of healthcare industry data to support the positive impact such committees have had on overall patient satisfaction, as well as mitigating organizational risk, when incorporated into the patient experience process. Our newest onboarding hospitals have expressed excitement about this additional service offering.

Any OBHG employee who becomes aware of a patient concern or complaint will be asked to notify the Patient Advocacy Liaison or may direct the patient directly to the Patient Advocacy Liaison via phone at 1.888.808.4512 or email PatientAdvocacy@OBHG.com.

The patient advocacy logo, and contact information appears on the www.OBHG.com website homepage for clear patient identification, access and use.

I am very excited to offer this additional service offering to our patients, providers, and hospitals. I look forward to your input and insights on making this service as comprehensive as possible.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Thank you so much for your help in making this latest initiative a success,
 

Heather S. Moore, CPHRM


Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety
 

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients. An OBHG representative would be happy to answer any questions you have as well. Or schedule a consultation today!

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Improving Outcomes with Shoulder Dystocia Drills

By obhg.admin on October 14th, 2014

The OBHG teams at Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center initiated a series of OB emergency/safety training drills for both physicians and staff. The first of the series, "shoulder dystocia" was well attended and very well received.

Shoulder dystocia can be an unpredictable obstetric emergency affecting roughly one-to-three percent of births. Though infrequent, providers and staff should be prepared to handle this potentially devastating complication of vaginal deliveries. In several studies, team simulation training resulted in an improvement in neonatal outcomes. The shoulder dystocia drills were led by  Melanie Smith, M.D/Ph.D. , who recently joined the OBHG team in March 2014. Team simulation training to reduce adverse obstetric outcomes was an integral part of both her training and tenure as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She brought her experience with training to share with her colleagues at the Trident Health System and Summerville Medical Center. The drills were offered six times at both facilities including some weekend times to give providers and staff multiple opportunities to attend.

Here at OBHG, safety initiatives such as these allow us to elevate the quality of healthcare delivered to the patients and families we humbly serve.

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients. An OBHG representative would be happy to answer any questions you have as well. Or schedule a consultation today!

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Disclosure and Apology Laws

By Libby Gardner on October 14th, 2014

The Doctors Company hosted a webinar in August on the Disclosure of Adverse Events. The webinar discussed what adverse events are – medical error; known complications or unforeseeable events; or a new diagnosis of late stage disease, an unexplained change in condition or a delay in treatment, and discussed the development of processes for navigating through a difficult discussion.  

The webinar also discussed the many reasons why there has been a failure to disclose when an adverse event occurs, such as uncertainty what to say, limited training in communication skills, concerns about malpractice liability, and insufficient institutional support. Historically, attorneys have also discouraged disclosure. The National Quality Forum “Safe Practices for Better Healthcare -2009 Update” indicated that only about 1 in 4 adverse events is disclosed. Contrary to these factors and concerns, the act of disclosure has been proven to decrease litigation and to decrease settlement costs.  In addition to this business case, why should a provider disclose?

  • It is an ethical obligation. The American Medical Association states that following an unanticipated outcome, the physician is ethically required to inform the patient of all the facts necessary to ensure an understanding of what has occurred.
  • The patient/family wants information. They want an honest answer about what happened, was it preventable, what is being done to prevent this from happening to someone else, and a sincere expression of regret.
  • Disclosure is a legal obligation in some states. Disclosure laws typically mandate disclosure of certain unanticipated outcomes to patients and may protect the communication from being used in a legal or administrative action.
  • It promotes trust between provider and patient/family. Conversely, failure to communicate information about unanticipated adverse events can impair patients’ decision making, increase their distress, and heighten their desire to seek legal action.

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The Obstetric Emergency Department: Correcting a Disparity of Care

By OBHG Super Admin on September 10th, 2014

Pregnant women are managed differently than any other patient in the hospital. If you’re a man with a broken arm, a child with a runny nose, a senior citizen with chest pains, you’re going to see a physician when you present to the Emergency Department (ED).  If you’re a pregnant woman in the second half of your pregnancy you’re deemed too high risk for the Emergency Department.  Women more than 20 weeks pregnant presenting with an obstetric (OB) complaint are sent to the Labor and Delivery Unit where a nurse evaluates them because there is no physician present. Nurses traditionally manage these patients with the assistance of the on-call provider by phone.  This increases risk as the provider is dependent upon the observations of, and information provided by the nurse and is unable to directly interact with the patient. Traditional phone triage creates inefficiencies, longer wait times and unnecessary stress on a nurse being asked to practice beyond their clinical scope.  This disparity of care increases risk and liability for local providers and hospitals and is a huge dissatisfier for patients.

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OBHG: Transforming an Industry, Saving Lives

By OBHG Super Admin on August 29th, 2014

Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the nation’s leading dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider and the original architect of the Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) announced several milestones for their life-saving enterprise this month.  

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