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A special thank you for all who have served our country. We especially would like to recognize the OBHG clinicians and team members who gave their time and talent for their country. We feature some of our veterans who are now OBHG clinicians below.
Dr. Elliott Roberts, an OBHG team lead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN, discusses why the OB hospitalist lifestyle works so well for him.
When it comes to her specialty, Dr. Lydia Sims has pretty much done it all.
Fresh out of residency, she developed a much-needed prenatal program – which is still in operation today – at a public health clinic in San Antonio. She worked as a contract OB/GYN for the U.S. military, joined private group practices in Kentucky and Louisiana, and was employed by a large healthcare corporation. She also founded a successful solo practice which she operated for 13 years.
Dr. Sims notes that the industry has gone through a lot of changes in the past decade, and that many OBs are faced with numerous, draining tasks that can take precious time and energy away from patient care.
“In private practice you’re doing more than just providing medical care to your patient, because you’re so busy with who’s working today, who’s going to show up tomorrow, co-pays, insurance companies, filling out piles of forms, and government requirements,” she says. “It was taking the fun out of medicine.”
Photo: Dr. Lydia Sims (bottom right) with her husband, a hand surgeon, and their two children.
Dr. Lisbeth Jordan has always been driven to improve health and health care. Not just at home in Bellevue, Washington, but around the globe.
She has been able to follow her passion and do meaningful work in several developing countries. But when she was working as a private practice physician, the intangible rewards she gained through service to others came at a cost to her clinic.
Now an Ob Hospitalist Group clinician, Jordan can not only set her own schedule and spend more time with her family - but she can volunteer without the stress and anxiety that comes with leaving a business unattended.
In recent years she has traveled to Serra Grande, Brazil to help build sustainable health and education initiatives in partnership with the local community. This year she served as team lead for a project aimed at educating and empowering the area's teenage girls.
By Nahille Natour, MD
It was my third trip to the hospital that day.
I had a few patients in labor to check on and while I was there, I was called to the ER due to the premature delivery of non-viable twins.
Luckily the deliveries were uncomplicated, but any time there’s a pregnancy loss, attention to the emotional must accompany the physical care of a patient.
And so you answer questions asked between tears. You express your mutual grief. You provide resources and you encourage use of available support. While you can’t take away her pain, you give all that you have.
Dr. Rakhi Dimino, OBHG medical director of operations and OB hospitalist at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, describes what it's like being an OBHG hospitalist. From workload to types of procedures performed to what she does during her downtime on shift, Dr. Dimino provides a complete overview of what an OBHG hospitalist may do during a typical day.
Some people collect stamps. Others may collect salt-and-pepper shakers or even polka records. And then there are those who collect old pagers.
“My wife has a box full of old pagers and iPhones that she has collected over the years,” said Dr. Peter Earl, an OB/GYN hospitalist at Memorial Regional Medical Center and at St. Francis Medical Center, in Mechanicsville and Midlothian, VA, respectively. “When I retire, there’s going to be a bonfire.”
Dr. Earl is happy to leave those annoying devices behind as he enjoys life now as an Ob Hospitalist Group physician.
“I like the time off very much. And I like the providers I work with,” he said. “They treat us well, as colleagues. I very much like that. Even in a ‘demanding’ month, I might work 10 days instead of seven. But that’s still only 10 days of work out of the month! It’s something I wish I had done quite a few years before I did it.”
Being an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) clinician at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital allowed Dr. Nahille Natour to follow dual passions — practicing OB medicine and coaching physicians struggling with burnout.
“One of the great things about being a physician with OBHG is taking care of patients. Period,” she said. “Every day in private practice there was some financial issue that needed to be dealt with. I don’t have to do any of that. So I get to do what I do without those types of distractions.”
With the extra personal time afforded by her position with OBHG, Dr. Natour studied to become a Certified Physician Development Coach and develop a part-time business — Inspiring Balance — through which she speaks about burnout at conferences and counsels others who may have found themselves in a burnout-induced career rut.
Even with her side business, Dr. Natour still finds ample time to make bead jewelry (a hobby) and explore outdoor greenspaces.
She much prefers the fresh air and sunlight to the indoors or the media spotlight. She doesn’t care who gets the credit, and she really doesn’t think her actions are that extraordinary. The humble Dr. Renee Lockey is refreshingly gracious, and her selfless deeds are, nonetheless, quite extraordinary.
The high-energy Team Lead at Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, CO, seems constantly in motion. When she’s off shift, she’s in the great outdoors mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, or road-tripping. Sun or snow, she commutes to and from work each day. It’s a lifestyle she truly loves.
Dr. James Murray readily admits that he was once “a typical overfed American physician.”
An OBHG hospitalist at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, Dr. Murray said that he and his OB/GYN practice partner used to sit in their office and “talk about our poor cardiac family history and delude ourselves with thoughts about how it wouldn’t happen to us.”
After his partner passed away from a heart attack, Dr. Murray knew he needed to make some significant lifestyle changes, particularly with diet and exercise. So about five years ago, he began eating healthier and returned to the form of exercise he enjoyed most in his youth — running.