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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OBHG Presence Enriches Residency Programs

By Kristine Hartvigsen on April 24th, 2017

No resident wants to be thrown into the deep end of the pool. Teaching hospitals and their faculty don’t want that either. But in the fast-paced real world of a teaching hospital — when staffing levels can become strained and the care team is pressed for time — OB/GYN and family practice residents sometimes may feel like they struggle to stay above water. These are the times when service-oriented OB/GYN hospitalists provided through Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) can allay supervisory concerns at teaching hospitals, enrich residency education, and enhance safety and quality.

A critical component of our mission to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare is improving the skill set of any practitioners who may find themselves unexpectedly in an OB care situation. Nearly one-third of OBHG partner hospitals have OB/GYN or family practice residency programs. OBHG clinicians support these residency programs by fostering, facilitating, teaching, advising, and mentoring. They are committed to helping our partner hospitals sustain optimal residency programs by providing the time, expertise, and platform to share knowledge and technical skills.

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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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Saluting Our Colleagues on Doctors Day

By Kristine Hartvigsen on March 30th, 2017

Regardless of specialty, physicians have many traits in common, such as compassion, knowledge, and exacting standards. They’ve survived many years of college, medical school, and residency. They’ve weathered the related hardships, the joys, the camaraderie, and (yes) the debts. That common experience binds them in communal respect.

Medical doctors of both genders comprise a coed brotherhood that is unique to their professional journey.

OB/GYNs represent a subset of physicians who routinely sacrifice personal interests, family time, and sleep to ensure that mothers and babies have a healthy delivery experience. They are gifted with intense passion and humanity in addition to their academic and medical gifts.

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OBHG Announces New Chief Medical Officer

By Kristine Hartvigsen on March 1st, 2017

Greenville, SC (February 28, 2017) -- Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) is pleased to announce that Mark N. Simon, MD, MMM, CPE, former OBHG Vice President of Medical Affairs, has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer for OBHG nationwide. This position is the most senior of medical staff leadership roles across the OBHG organization.

A Board Certified OB/GYN, Dr. Simon first joined OBHG in 2009 as a full-time hospitalist. Over the years, as his gift for leadership became evident, Dr. Simon was transitioned through a number of regional leadership positions before being named OBHG’s Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2013.

“Dr. Simon is a proven leader with the expertise to continue the OBHG vision. This is a natural progression for him,” said Dr. Chris Swain, OBHG’s founder. “This is a physician-founded, physician-led organization, and we are honored to have Dr. Simon serve in our highest medical post.”

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Confident at the Controls as We Touch Down on 2017

By Kristine Hartvigsen on January 1st, 2017

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

– Motivational Speaker Michael Altshuler

As you read this, the first baby of 2017 already has been born, delivered by capable hands and lovingly placed, skin-to-skin, in her mother’s arms. It is just one of countless happy outcomes that will play out regularly throughout 2017 with the help of dedicated, highly skilled physicians and nurse-midwives.

Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) saw a number of milestones in 2016.

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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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Ob Hospitalist Group National Network Expands to 100 Partner Hospitals

By Kristine Hartvigsen on November 21st, 2016

In November, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) reached a historic milestone in the growth of our company. As of November 16th, OBHG expanded its national network of OB hospitalist services with the start of our 100th partner hospital. Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines is our first program in the state of Iowa. This is a milestone that appropriately heralds our 10 years as the nation’s largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider.

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Ob Hospitalist Group Commends its CA Programs for Favorable C-Section Rates

By Kristine Hartvigsen on November 21st, 2016

Greenville, SC --  Nearly a dozen Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) partner hospitals were included on a list recently released by the California Health and Human Services Agency of hospitals in that state that have successfully reduced their cesarean section (C-section) rates.

According to the Agency, 104 California hospitals “have met or surpassed a federal goal aimed at reducing C-section births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies.”

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