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Before he made a career switch by joining Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), Keehn Hosier lost and gained the same 50 pounds, finding himself unfulfilled and standing at a midlife precipice.
Then his wife, Jessica, made the unexpected announcement that she was expecting! Nine months later, the Hosiers welcomed their beautiful baby boy and named him Evan.
New parenthood came with absolute joy. But it also added guilt and anxiety for the physician who ran a busy OB/GYN practice. He found himself with little time to spend with his son or to help his wife out at home. The impetus to make a change came when Evan, nearly a toddler, regarded his father much like a stranger. That was the worst.
So last year, Dr. Hosier departed private practice to work as an OBHG Team Lead Physician at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The difference has been life-changing.
Ob Hospitalist Group Team Lead physician Dr. Dympna Weil, a former competitive Irish dancer, hadn’t performed a jig since residency more than 10 years ago. Not only was her young daughter learning to dance, but she missed the delight it brought as well as the exercise. It was a passion she longed to revisit.
Seeking balance and the flexibility to teach and spend more time with her daughter, Dr. Weil traded private practice for hospitalist medicine with OBHG and slowly built a plan to open an Irish dance school in Saratoga Springs, NY, a school much like the one her aunt owned on Long Island. In September 2016, Dr. Weil opened Mise Eire Irish Dancers in Saratoga Springs. With a full roster of young students, she hopes to add classes for adults in the new year.
OBHG hospitalists enjoy an unsurpassed balance of providing quality care without sacrificing their own quality of life. Our hospitalists often tell us the primary reason they decided to become a hospitalist was because of the work/life balance. This allows our physicians more time to pursue their other passions.
Dr. John McHugh this summer completed a weeks-long cycling trip over the famed 21-stage Tour de France route as part of our the Tour de Force, an annual charity event that benefits the William Wates Memorial Trust. You may have seen a few of Dr. McHugh’s updates here from places like Normandy or the Pyrenees Mountains.
The event was a great success. Dr. McHugh raised nearly $4,000 for the charity, which provides grants to help disadvantaged young people realize their full potential. Learn more about his journey.
As a full-time practicing OB/GYN, busy mother of two children, and daughter of an ailing parent, I found it difficult to juggle work and the rest of my life. A typical day in private practice included going to work by 7 am and leaving work just in time to pick up the kids to feed them dinner and get them ready for bed. Even in a large group with a very reasonable call schedule, there always seemed to be the patient that was so close to delivery that if I just stayed another 30 minutes, I wouldn’t feel like I abandoned her.