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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.
Congratulations to OBHG hospitalist, Dr. Alan Johnson for his recent Gold Apple Teaching Award for Outstanding Specialist Attending Physician, 2014, by the MacNeal Family Medicine Residency Program.
To put that in perspective, MacNeal boasts of five-hundred physicians on staff. OBHG team members have won two Gold Apples in three years. Two Silver Apples were also awarded to OBHG hospitalists making a total of four apples in three years, won by OBHG team members! This is yet another testament OBHG's core value of delivering excellence and the pursuit of the highest achievable standards of quality and professionalism in every aspect of our life-saving, life-changing enterprise.
In our continuing efforts deliver excellence to both our physicians and hospital partners, OBHG is proud to welcome a new addition to our team, Lori Custer, Ob Hospitalist Group's Compliance/Privacy Officer.
In her role as Compliance/Privacy Officer, Lori will develop, initiate, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the general operation of the Compliance Program and its related activities.
She will also develop, periodically review and update Standards of Conduct to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to management and employees.
One of Lori's first projects upon joining OBHG was creating the Compliance Hotline. She is passionate about developing and maintaining an effective compliance communication program for OBHG, including:
- Promoting use of the Compliance Hotline
- Creating heightened awareness of Standards of Conduct
Developing an understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
Lori earned her BS in Health Information Administration at the University of Cincinnati where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate from The Thomas Cooley School of Law in Lansing, MI.
In addition to her role at Ob Hospitalist Group, Lori also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northwest Ohio.
OBHG Hospitalist, Dr. Debbie Bredestege was recently honored by the Family Medicine Residency program at OBHG Hospital Partner, Cox South. At a recent graduation ceremony, Dr. Bredestege was surprised to receive the honor of "Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award".
Dr. Charlie Jaynes, Senior Director of Medical Operations for OBHG stated, "This is a fantastic testament to Dr. Bredestege and for our program at Cox South. It is an acknowledgement of the outstanding effort she and so many of our hospitalists put forth, for all the right reasons, regarding Cox and OBHG."
Dr. Bredestege's honor is a result of her embracing OBHG's core value of genuine service by serving intentionally, sincerely and joyfully with humility.
Dear Dr. White,
I am writing a long overdue thank you for the talent and dedication of you and your healthcare team. You delivered my son via an emergency c-section after I experienced a placental abruption during labor causing his heart rate to decelerate. I don't recall meeting you, but wanted to let you know what a difference you made in our lives.
For the last four years, it has been my pleasure to work alongside so many passionate, gifted clinicians at Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG). Indeed, OBHG’s success is a direct result of the talent and comittment of our extraordinary team of Board Certified OB/GYN hospitalists. They are a service oriented, compassionate, exceptionally trained, well managed team. This team is responsible for the wellbeing of its patients and the enhancement of hospital services. We foster a partnership with hospital administration, nursing services and the community physician. Team members are vetted for their record of quality care and their commitment to our core values. While a team, we celebrate the expertise and independent decision making ability of the individual hospitalist. We are not just a locum’s placement service. We continually educate team members about OBHG’s core values. The entire organization’s axiom is “genuine service with integrity.”
You'll make plenty of decisions during pregnancy; names, nursery colors, car seats but choosing where to give birth is one of the most important, life-changing decisions you will make as an expectant parent.
Beyond the typical concerns of insurance, birthing suites and whether you can film the birth, there are several factors that every informed parent-to-be should take into consideration:
Much has been made of the current and projected shortage of OB/GYN’s in our country. In fact, Edward Salsberg, Director of Center for Workforce Studies Association says “there is a gale force wind on the demand side.” The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agrees, predicting that demand for OB/GYNs will exceed the supply. This paradigm will not only affect hospitals but the remaining practicing OB/GYNs and most importantly, the patients. Ob Hospitalist Group’s mission is to elevate the quality and availability of obstetric care to expectant mothers and as such is at the forefront of understanding this and other women’s healthcare issues and creating innovative ways to minimize any negative impact. Below we examine some of the primary causes for this shift.
The most obvious factor in the shift of supply/demand is expanding population in the US; about 25 million per decade. Adding to that burden is the increase in uninsured and indigent patients who are often the costliest patients for the hospitals that serve them and present a higher risk to treating physicians due to a lack of prenatal care resulting in a greater incidence of complications.
Ob Hospitalist Group’s (OBHG) mission is to elevate the standard and quality of women’s healthcare. Our programs do just that by making a positive impact across many significant areas of hospital medicine. This blog series: OBHG Impact Series will cover key areas where OBHG makes a difference.
This fourth post in the series, Physician Satisfaction will review the positive impact an OBHG program can deliver to partner hospitals by improving the work/life balance of physicians; thereby increasing their overall job satisfaction and enhancing the patient’s experience. You can read the prior posts on Patient Safety, Patient Experience, Risk Reduction here. Our next post will review the positive impact an OBHG program can make on Nursing Staff Satisfaction.
The implementation of an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) program not only minimizes hospital liability and ensures a higher level of care for patients; it also helps provide community providers more flexibility and time with patients to ensure quality care and avoid adverse outcomes. Having such a program elevates the standard of women’s healthcare, as well as improves a community provider’s efficiency, increases patient throughput all of which are substantial benefits in attracting top-level physicians to work at hospitals utilizing an OBHG hospitalist program.
Not only does having an OBHG hospitalist program have a positive impact on physician recruitment, we have also found that it improves overall physician satisfaction and retention, which is a crucial benefit to a hospital, both clinically and financially.
The Doctors Company , the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, recognizes the reduction of liability risk an Ob Hospitalist Group program (OBHG) delivers by elevating the quality and availability of obstetric care to expectant mothers.