When Treating Ebola there is Cause for Hope but Questions Remain

By Dr. Rakhi Dimino on November 18th, 2014

In recent weeks hospitals across the country have rushed to prepare their facilities and train staff to screen and isolate a patient who may potentially have Ebola so that their hospital will not suffer the same outcome as Texas Presbyterian. Many of us have been very focused on protecting ourselves, our staff and our patients from the deadly virus. So far worldwide, the virus has claimed more than 5,000 men, women and children by ravaging every system in their previously healthy bodies until their bodies can take no more.

The months have passed and the epidemic continues on despite millions of dollars spent and the thousands of aid workers and military servicemen who have risked their own lives to help. A glimmer of hope has just begun to shine. So far, in the United States, of the ten people that have sought treatment for the disease, eight have survived.  That is an astonishing increase in the previously reported survival rate of 50 percent to 80 percent. The characteristics that the survivors have in common are essential to keep in mind. They have all had access to the most modern medical care very early on in the disease process. Most have also received experimental medications and/or an experimental plasma transfusions. The two who lost their lives, Mr. Duncan and most recently Dr. Salia, did not have access to the most modern medical care available until they were in very late stages of the disease. Potentially, therefore, if we are able to initiate treatment early in the disease process, we can save many more lives.

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Statistics Stress Need for Continued Industry Vigilance, Education & Prenatal Care

By OBHG Super Admin on November 18th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November is Premature Awareness Month and as such, a good time to discuss the importance of education and prenatal care in preventing the nearly 450,000 premature births in the US every year.  Premature births not only lead to many health impairments for the child but negatively impact the nation’s healthcare system for years to come as well. Many premature or preterm births can be prevented. Educating expectant mothers and their families is key to ensuring there is a continued downward trend in the number of births that aren’t full term. Preterm is considered deliveries from 24 to 37 weeks.

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Dr. Rakhi Dimino Shares what it’s Like to be an OBHG Hospitalist

By Dr. Rakhi Dimino on October 24th, 2014

First and foremost, I am mom to two great kids; a daughter, 5 and a 3 year old son. They are 18 months apart so I've been pretty busy the last few years. My daughter was IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) and required an emergent c-section. I was thankful the hospital in which I delivered had doctors on-site at all times. She spent a few days in the NICU so I can relate to patients who have that experience. I was grateful she was in good hands, but upset she wasn't in my arms at all times. I am thankful I found a career niche where I can provide excellent patient care for women and newborns while spending time with my husband and kids.

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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
 

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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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