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Good Samaritan Hospital, in Suffern, NY, wanted to improve patient safety in their L&D, relieve community OB/GYNs from the burden of call and have reliable backup for the midwifery practice. They partnered with Ob Hospitalist Group in 2017 so we could provide hospital coverage, eliminate the burden from community OB/GYNs and support the midwifery practice. This collaborative partnership has enabled OB/GYN and midwifery practices to thrive.
The family practice residency program at Cox Medical Center South once relied on a single community OB/GYN for on-call C-section coverage and OB support. Cox South, located in Springfield, MO, has a high-risk patient population, with a large portion of patients on Medicaid. The residency program accepts high-risk patient transfers from its partner maternal fetal medicine practice, which are even higher risk. Residents were tasked with caring for these high-risk OB patients with minimal support.
As OB hospitalist programs become the standard of care across the country, many hospitals are enticed to save money by running the program themselves. As one hospital CMO found, this approach may ultimately cost more in administration fees, locums utilization and physician satisfaction.
Imagine being a healthcare provider with a full day of patient appointments, and every few hours, you must leave the office and tend to an issue in the hospital’s labor and delivery unit. This is what it’s like for private-practice OB/GYNs who are also responsible for call coverage. Baton Rouge General noticed that the process put a strain on physicians’ ability to provide high patient satisfaction in their clinics, and it caused decreased patient safety in the labor and delivery unit. In addition, it took a toll on OB/GYN work-life balance.
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) recently talked with OBHG site director Dr. Rhonda Williams about the simulations she has been leading at her hospital program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Each quarter, our OBHG colleagues commend their peers for going above and beyond with the You Delivered! peer-to-peer recognition program. For Q3 2018, OBHG recognizes Dr. David Lang and Sara Young with the You Delivered! award.
Like many hospital departments, when it comes to the L&D unit, each physician makes his or her own clinical decisions based on their training and experience. Hospital leadership trusts that OB/GYNs are practicing the most up-to-date, evidence-based medicine from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But what happens if they aren’t using the most current best practices? Patient safety can suffer, and as a result, medical malpractice risk increases. Read about why Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Denton sought out Ob Hospitalist Group's partnership to help standardize protocols and elevate patient safety.
In health care, the term "second victim," is an increasingly recognized phenomenon following an unexpected adverse patient event, medical error and/or patient related injury. Patients and their loved ones are the first victims, but a health care professional can experience emotional aftershock and feel traumatized following an adverse patient event.
OBHG’s CARE (Clinician Assistance, Recovery & Encouragement) peer support program is getting industry attention. Recently, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare highlighted how CARE supports clinicians who may suffer from the psychological/emotional impacts of an adverse patient event.
Meet Dr. Michael White, our lead hospitalist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO. Dr. White recently performed surgery to deliver a baby and remove a uterus at the same time (to decrease the patient’s cancer risk).