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A shift on labor and delivery units for Ob Hospitalist Group clinicians can be punctuated by quiet moments—and then sometimes there’s a hurricane.
The entire country watched as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward the Texas coast, bringing with it high winds of 130 miles an hour and horrendous flooding. On Aug. 25, the Category 4 hurricane crashed into the coast just northeast of Corpus Christi and dumped an estimated more than 50 inches of rain in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a landmark event for Texas," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said. "Texas has never seen an event like this."
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center's new obstetrical emergency department (OBED) was recently featured in the local Birmingham, Alabama business journal. The OBED, developed and managed by Ob Hospitalist Group, will provide a safety net for patients and community OB/GYNs.
Amy Beard, the hospital's vice president of women's services, noted that circumstances around pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable.
"We are pleased to offer our patients peace of mind knowing they’ll receive immediate, specialized care no matter when they arrive at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center," she said.
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona, part of the Dignity Health system, is planning a new five story tower that will house an obstretrical emergency department (OBED) managed by Ob Hospitalist Group, along with high risk labor and delivery and postpartum rooms, and a pediatrics wing.
The building, which will expand and advance care for the region's women and children, was made possible by an alliance between Dignity Health and Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Construction is set to begin in 2018 and the new tower is expected to open by 2020.
Medically unnecessary C-sections are a thing of the past. Hospitals across the U.S. are clamping down on the number of C-sections they perform to reach the national target of 23.9 percent by year 2020. At a current national average of 25.8 percent, there's still work to be done. Many studies explore the C-section rate and trends, but a recent article published by Huffington Post uncovers an unexpected factor that can determine if an expectant mother will have a C-section.
This week, OBHG's very own Dr. Brenda Watson was featured on Halifax Health's Medical Minute. She talks about how having an OB physician in the hospital 24/7 can save the lives of mothers and babies during medical emergencies.
"Having a physician present on labor and delivery where an emergency can be dealt with in a matter of minutes makes a difference for both the health of the baby and the mother."
Passing along some news from our new partner program at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, which launched on May 10. Welcome!
We were delighted to see today’s article in The Daily Sentinel about St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Kudos to our Team Lead Dr. Michael White, who explained some of the advantages of having highly qualified OB/GYN clinicians onsite around the clock to attend pregnant women presenting at any hour of the day or night.
“This is a unique model. There is always one of us physically present,” Dr. White told the newspaper. “Our response time is 30 seconds rather than the 15 minutes it might take a healthcare provider to get to the hospital from outside.”
The nursing staff also gives the OBHG team at St. Mary’s a thumb’s up.
“We have open communication, and the physicians treat everyone with respect,” said Shannon Stroeve, an RN in the maternity unit. “They keep the department moving with the most up-to-date evidence-based practices. And their bedside manner is truly exceptional.”
Central Coast Physicians magazine, a publication of the Central Coast Medical Association (San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, CA, counties), highlighted the Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) program at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in its Spring 2017 edition (p. 29).
Describing the Sierra Vista hospitalist program as “a new layer of safety for women who give birth at the hospital,” the article also noted that the facility now can accommodate vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), a procedure that is not available at most medical centers, especially those that lack fully staffed hospitalist programs.
Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) partner UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently shared a website video conveying a happy story from its Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED). The video (at the bottom of the webpage) highlights the life-saving benefits of having an OB/GYN hospitalist onsite around the clock to handle all pregnancy-related situations, including this one involving a rare emergent complication called umbilical cord prolapse.
A month shy of her due date, Cameron Medlin woke up to use the bathroom. Almost immediately, she sensed that her umbilical cord had descended prematurely. Because the umbilical cord carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the baby, a prolapse can compress the cord, interrupting critical oxygen and blood flow and endangering the baby. Both Cameron and her husband, Daniel, knew it was an emergency and rushed to the OBED at UNC REX Hospital.
How cute are colorful knit hats on newborns?
The L&D Team at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa spreads love and light to the families of every newborn delivered at the OBHG partner hospital with the gift of a handmade knit hat.
FOX 13 News in Tampa Bay recently aired a sweet segment about the Hats for Newborns program.
This blog provides general information and discussion about healthcare-related subjects. The content and linked materials provided are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader is an expectant mother with a medical concern, she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician or healthcare provider.
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