Research Confirms the Benefits of Hospitalists

By OBHG Marketing on May 27th, 2015

Since implementing our flagship OB/GYN hospitalist program in 2006, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) has helped our partner hospitals realize many successes, not only in elevating the standard of women’s healthcare but also by improving patient satisfaction, reducing physician and nursing staff turnover and reducing hospital liability.

While we have as many success stories as we do hospital partners, it’s nice to know healthcare industry research confirms the positive impact hospitalists have on hospital medicine.

Recent research has been able to quantify the positive impact of hospitalist medicine in the following five main areas:

  • Patient Safety and Quality of Care
  • Economic Efficiency
  • Access and Availability
  • Satisfaction
  • Leadership and Education

The patient safety and quality of care advantages OBHG hospitalists deliver are not only vast but vital.

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National Preeclampsia Awareness Month

By OBHG Super Admin on April 30th, 2015

May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Unfortunately, many women don’t know this condition exists; even more aren’t aware of the warning signs.

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure (generally 140/100 in two consecutive readings). It develops in 5 percent to 8 percent of all pregnancies. This increase in blood pressure has the potential to impair the liver, kidneys, affect blood clotting, cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), brain damage, and when left untreated, maternal and fetal death.

Preeclampsia usually occurs at around 32 weeks, but early-onset preeclampsia can occur at 20 weeks. In most cases, the baby must be delivered immediately. These premature deliveries can lead to further medical complications for the newborn.

Signs and symptoms of Preeclampsia include:

  • Swelling of face and hands
  • A headache that will not go away
  • Seeing spots, changes in eyesight
  • Pain in the upper abdomen and shoulder
  • Nausea and vomiting in the third trimester
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Difficulty breathing

Risk factors for Preeclampsia include but are not limited to:

  • Pregnant for the first time
  • History of preeclampsia
  • Women over 40 or under 18 years of age
  • Obese (with a BMI of over 30)
  • Carrying more than one fetus
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • History of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis

If you have any of these risk factors, it is advised that you speak with your doctor about your concerns and get professional advice.  If you have this, or any other risk factors for pregnancy complications, it is vital that your hospital has on-site OB/GYNs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to deliver immediate care in emergent situations. For a checklist of other considerations when choosing a hospital in which to deliver, click here.  

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients by visiting www.OBHG.com  or calling 800.967.2289.

Ob Hospitalist Group Celebrates National Doctor’s Day

By OBHG Super Admin on March 30th, 2015

Medicine is more than a profession; it’s a calling. Those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the life-saving, life-changing responsibility they hold within their hands. Today, on National Doctor’s Day, we gratefully acknowledge all the OBHG hospitalists in the field and the local providers they support.

Ambyr Lucas, OBHG Manager of Physician Engagement states, “On behalf of everyone at OBHG, I would like to recognize and thank each of our physicians for their unwavering dedication to elevating the standard of women’s healthcare. Each and every one of our physicians across the US are making an extraordinary commitment to quality while humbly serving with diligence and integrity.”

OBHG has been blessed to engage an exceptional group of physicians; truly the best of the best, Together, thanks to their skill and passion, we've been able to change an industry and save countless lives. Thank you for answering the call and using your passion and skill when and where they are needed most — to save lives, create new families and launch untold legacies.  

OBHG IMPACT SERIES:  Nursing Staff Satisfaction and Retention

By OBHG Super Admin on March 2nd, 2015

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 fifth post in the series, Nursing Staff Satisfaction and Retention, will review the positive impact an OBHG program can deliver to partner hospitals by alleviating the stress nurses often face making clinical decisions in the absence of a patient’s treating physician; thereby improving nursing staff satisfaction reducing turnover, and preventing delays in care. You can read the prior posts on Patient Safety, Patient Experience, Risk Reduction and Physician Satisfaction here.

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OBHG IMPACT SERIES: Patient Safety

By OBHG Super Admin on March 2nd, 2015

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 initial post will review the impact an OBHG program can deliver to partner hospitals by improving throughput in the main Emergency Department (ED) thereby increasing Patient Safety, not just for those patients presenting to Labor and Delivery (L&D) but all patients with emergent care needs. Future posts will address Patient Experience, Risk Reduction, Physician Satisfaction and Nursing Staff Satisfaction and Retention.

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Labor and Delivery Teamwork Leads to Fewer Cesareans

By obhg.admin on February 12th, 2015

When midwives and laborists work in conjunction with an obstetrician, there can be a substantial decrease in the rate of cesarean delivery, according to a study from one large community hospital.

"The change from a private practice to a hospitalist model was associated with dramatic decreases in nulliparous term singleton vertex cesarean delivery rates, and almost a doubling of the rates of vaginal birth after cesarean, said Melissa Rosenstein, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

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Delivering Excellence. An Ob Hospitalist Group Core Value

By OBHG Super Admin on February 10th, 2015

Every day over 300 Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) hospitalists embrace our core value of delivering excellence. Their skill, experience, compassion and dedication to elevating the standard of women’s healthcare save and change the lives of the patients we serve. We are proud to recognize these individuals and share their inspirational stories of excellence in action. 

Recently a grandmother of a newborn visited an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) partner hospital. She was there to visit her new grandson but also sought out hospital administration to share her appreciation for the presence of an OB/GYN hospitalist program and to share the difference they made in her life. 

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A Miracle Family. A True Story

By OBHG Super Admin on December 18th, 2014

In this video, Abuid Rivera shares the story of a normal day taking a tragic turn. He describes how the presence of an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) OB/GYN hospitalist at Halifax Health made the difference between possibly losing his wife and newborn daughter and sharing this Christmas with his miracle family.

After an ordinary day, Rivera’s pregnant wife awoke at 2:00 AM, within moments he realized something wasn’t quite right.  She was cold and clammy and her lips were white. He called his wife’s OB/GYN, Dr. Pamela Carbiener who instructed him to take his wife directly to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Carbiener left immediately to meet her patient there.

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My Miracle Family. A True Story

By OBHG Super Admin on December 18th, 2014

In the video below, Abuid Rivera shares the true story of a normal day taking a tragic turn. He describes how mere seconds made the difference between possibly losing his wife and newborn daughter and having a miracle family. Please click here  or on the image below to watch the video and read the full news release here

OBHG Hospitalists are on the Front Lines in the Battle against Preterm Labor

By OBHG Marketing on November 20th, 2014

“Teaching pregnant women the signs and symptoms of preterm labor can greatly reduce the number of preterm births and lifelong complications associated with premature deliveries. It is also essential to educate Obstetricians about proper screening for preterm labor using appropriate testing such as Fetal Fibronectin or Transvaginal ultrasound, or an algorithm such as the March of Dimes Preterm Labor Assessment Toolkit, as well as the treatment of preterm labor with appropriate tocolytics and medications to improve baby's outcome. Having OB hospitalists on the front lines in the battle against preterm labor ensures that patients are consistently and rapidly screened and treated by the most current guidelines whether it is Tuesday at 10 am or Saturday at 1 am.”                                                                                                                                                Dr. Rakhi Dimino, OBHG hospitalist and Board Certified OB/GYN  

Every November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. At this time many health organizations launch campaigns to increase the awarenss of this life-threatening complication that is far too prevalent globally as well as locally. While the complications and conditions that cause premature deliveries are myriad, the one thing all health officials agree upon is that knowledge is power. Educating patients and practitioners as to the causes and symptoms of premature labor is vital in decreasing its incidence. 

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