Local Medical Association in CA Heralds OBHG Program

By Kristine Hartvigsen on May 16th, 2017

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.

 

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UNC REX Hospital Shares OBED Success Story

By Kristine Hartvigsen on April 7th, 2017

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.

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‘Hats for Newborns’ is a Hit in Tampa!

By Kristine Hartvigsen on February 7th, 2017

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.

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Sharp Grossmont Hospital in the Spotlight

By Kristine Hartvigsen on December 1st, 2016

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an article (on p. 35) recognizing Ob Hospitalist Group partner Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, for its outstanding progress in reducing its cesarean section rates.

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Kingwood Medical Center Invests in Patient Safety, Care Coordination

By Kristine Hartvigsen on December 1st, 2016

Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, Texas, recently began a partnership with Ob Hospitalist Group to establish an OB/GYN hospitalist team to provide 24/7 care in its new Obstetric Emergency Department.

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FQHC Outreach Helps Facilitate NICU Expansion

By Kristine Hartvigsen on December 1st, 2016

When leaders at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida, sought to expand their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to a Level II NICU, they decided to reach out to nearby Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and forge partnerships that could drive birth volume at Palms West.

The director of three FQHC clinics agreed to meet and noted that many of his FQHC patients wanted tubal ligations at the time of delivery but were not able to get them. Thus began a partnership to refer clinic OB patients to Palms West to receive the best possible Labor and Delivery care as well as tubal ligations.

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Patient Satisfaction Outshines Fresh Paint in Grand Junction Birth Market

By Kristine Hartvigsen on November 30th, 2016

St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, has long been the regional provider of choice for maternity care. Delivering some 2,200 babies a year, St. Mary’s experienced robust Labor & Delivery utilization.

Earlier this year, however, a nearby hospital opened a new $50 million campus featuring a shimmering new birthing center that threatened to capture a sizable portion of St. Mary’s existing maternity market share. Fortunately, St. Mary’s turned to Ob Hospitalist Group to find a world-class solution to the new birth market threat. Find out what they did.

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OBHG Collaboration Helps Increase Birth Volume

By Kristine Hartvigsen on November 1st, 2016

For more than a decade, the birth rate in New York state has been declining — down 7%. In the northeast region, the downward trend was actually 11%. With fewer births, area hospitals found themselves competing intensely for a shrinking maternity patient pool.

In 2010, Bellevue Woman’s Center, part of Ellis Healthcare, began a relationship with Ob Hospitalist Group to help cultivate the hospital’s status as a center of quality in OB care. A critical part of that strategy was to nurture collaborations with the center’s affiliated private Certified Nurse-Midwifes (CNMs) — a group of professionals well-positioned to attract more patients and stabilize the Labor and Delivery unit’s patient volume.

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Hospitalists Bolster OB/GYN Residency Program in Florida

By Kristine Hartvigsen on October 26th, 2016

Dr. Julie DeCesare, OB/GYN Residency Program Director at Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola, had a double-sided quandary. Contracting with private physicians to be on call for the Labor and Delivery unit on nights and weekends was proving both expensive and insufficient. She carried the daunting challenge of staffing the unit 24 hours a day, plus she needed more faculty for her Residency Program at a time when the hospital was not motivated to hire more OB/GYNs. What to do?

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Certified Nurse-Midwives a Valuable Part of the Obstetric Team

By Kristine Hartvigsen on October 3rd, 2016

As the number of working OB/GYNs continues to decline, the United States faces a widening gap in access to perinatal care services. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) estimates that the profession will experience an 18% shortage by 2030.

The practice of nurse-midwifery has been around for centuries and, despite years of struggle to achieve true legitimacy, recently has gained greater respect and acceptance by the medical community as well as healthcare insurers, who are now reimbursing for nurse-midwifery services in increasing numbers.

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