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In late November, we launched our latest OB hospitalist program at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas.
We have hired a team of highly skilled, board-certified OB clinicians to run this new obstetric emergency department (from left to right): Dr. Audrey Puentes; Dr. Edward Clark; Dr. Julie Thomas; Dr. Miguel Cintron; Dr. Gaynelle Rolling; and Dr. Cheng Song. Dr. Song and Dr. Clark will provide backup coverage, and Dr. Cintron will serve as the program's team lead.
We are proud to announce that three Ob Hospitalist Group partner hospitals in the Richmond, Va. area were named Richmond’s Favorite Place to Have a Baby in Style Weekly’s annual Family Favorites poll. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va.; Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va.; and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va. were named first, second, and third, respectively. We are fortunate to have such wonderful partnerships with the clinical teams at these hospitals so we are able to collaboratively raise the bar when it comes to women's healthcare!
Last week, the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) honored the Ob Hospitalist Group team at Providence Alaska Medical Center with the Collaborating Physician Award for the empathetic and quality patient care they give to patients coming to the hospital from community birthing centers.
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.”