New OBHG partnership: Memorial Hospital North

By OBHG Marketing on August 20th, 2018

OBHG is excited to announce its 13th new partnership of 2018! We began a new OB hospitalist program with UCHealth's Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs, CO, in early August.

The hospitalist team includes (from left to right) Dr. Eileen Coelus, Dr. James Steigerwald, Dr. Stephanie Ring, Dr. Renee Lockey, Dr. Tamara Willis-Buckley, and Dr. Caroline Hedges. Dr. Lockey will serve as Team Lead for the program.

The OBHG team is looking forward to its new partnership with the hospital as well as community OB/GYNs in helping to elevate the standard of women's healthcare in Colorado Springs!

OBHG named to Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for sixth year

By OBHG Marketing on August 16th, 2018

OBHG has been named to Inc. 5000’s Hall of Fame for being named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for six consecutive years.

Released annually, the Inc. 5000 is widely considered a standard of excellence for organizational growth and financial success. The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to verified percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 to 2017.

OBHG is ranked 3,582 in 2018 in part due to a 105% growth in revenue over the last three years. Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction has made the list more than once.

Founded in 2006, OBHG’s national network has grown to include nearly 700 dedicated OB clinicians in more than
in 130 hospitals across 32 states. This growth means more expectant mothers have access to immediate care when presenting to the hospital with obstetrical complaints regardless of time, location, complication, or circumstance.

“We are honored to be named among the nation’s fastest growing companies for six years in a row,” said OBHG CEO Lenny Castiglione. “It’s an accomplishment we attribute to the partnerships we’ve formed with our hospital partners, community physicians and the dedication of our clinicians and team members. OBHG’s growth is a clear indication that we are filling a need in obstetrics and that our services are valued by patients, hospitals and community physicians alike.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found here

OBHG celebrates 10-year anniversary of partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on August 14th, 2018

OBHG recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its successful partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Since July 2008, OBHG clinicians have provided 24/7 coverage for St. David’s Labor and Delivery unit, Obstetric Emergency Department and most recently, management of maternal-fetal transports.

“Our partnership with OBHG is amazing,” said Tammy Phares, perinatal services manager at St. David’s North Austin. “I never knew how important an OB hospitalist program was until I worked here. It’s such a sense of security having an OB hospitalist here. They (OBHG hospitalists) are always here and ready to help all of us, including our private physicians whenever they need help in the OR or on the unit. Not only are they (OBGH hospitalists) highly skilled but they are also kind-hearted. I wouldn’t hesitate to have any of them take care of my family.”

“OBHG is proud to have partnered with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for the past 10 years,” said Will McDonald, OBHG regional vice president of operations. “The strong clinical capabilities of our clinicians coupled with the collaboration our clinicians have with the private OBs is why our partnership with St. David’s North has been so successful. We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.”

To mark the occasion, an anniversary celebration event was held, which included a presentation of a 10-year plaque from Lenny Castiglione, OBHG chief executive officer to Tom Jackson, CEO of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

Thank you to the team at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for your ongoing partnership and dedication to elevating the standard of women’s healthcare in your community!

Three ways that healthcare companies can minimize risk

By OBHG Marketing on August 10th, 2018

In 2016, OBHG and one of our system partners undertook a study to analyze the key risk mitigation strategies that resulted in favorable loss trends/claim reduction for the system in recent years. The study found that a 31 percent reduction in perinatal serious-harm events at hospitals was attributable to one factor: implementation of an OB hospitalist program at those facilities.


Ob Hospitalist Group's Heather Moore, Director of Risk Management, Quality, and Compliance, recently wrote a piece for Risk & Insurance about how companies can strategically minimize, rather than manage, risk.
Read the full article here.

Dr. Elliott Roberts on the hospitalist lifestyle

By OBHG Marketing on August 8th, 2018

Dr. Elliott Roberts, an OBHG team lead at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN, discusses why the OB hospitalist lifestyle works so well for him.

OBHG Chief Medical Officer featured in American Association for Physician Leadership

By OBHG Marketing on August 6th, 2018

OBHG’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon recently wrote an article for the American Association for Physician Leadership about the importance of care team communication. 

In the article, Dr. Simon offers his perspective on how physician leaders can communicate with fellow care team members in order to improve operations and ensure patient safety. Read the full article here.

New OBHG partnership: Norman Regional Hospital

By OBHG Marketing on August 3rd, 2018

OBHG is happy to announce our 12th new partnership of 2018! In July, we began our obstetrics hospitalist program at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK, as a Type A OB emergency department. This is our second partnerhsip in Oklahoma, along with St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. 

"Our implementation of services at Norman Regional Health System has been a very rewarding experience," said OBHG Director of Hospital Operations Christi Acker. "Through education, dedication, and persistence OBHG and NRHS partnered to achieve the first OBED approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. We are excited to bring an elevated level of service and safety to the women of Norman and their babies."

The hospitalist team at Norman Regional Hospital includes: front row, left to right: Dr. Becky Graham and Dr. Karen Sargent. Back row, left to right: Dr. Kinde Aguilar, Dr. Trent Fogleman (backup) and Dr. Michael Collins.  Not pictured: Dr. Tiffany Weathers (backup). Dr. Graham will serve as Team Lead for the program.

Four ways hospital leaders can confront the projected OB shortage

By OBHG Marketing on August 1st, 2018

A national physician shortage is looming and OB/GYNs are one of the top specialties at risk. An OB/GYN shortage represents both patient and organizational risk.

Healthcare executives who are proactive in their workaround strategies will be best prepared if and/or when OB shortages threaten their organizations. OBHG Medical Director of Operations, Dr. Donald Toatley, recently shared four ways that hospitals and health system administrators can protect their organizations from the projected exodus with Becker’s Hospital Review.

To read Dr. Toatley’s recommendations for health leaders click here.

OBHG CEO quoted in Chief Executive

By OBHG Marketing on July 31st, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group CEO, Lenny Castiglione, was quoted in a recent article in Chief Executive on the role of a private equity CEO. 

Excerpt from the Chief Executive article:

“It always sounds so enticing when someone says we have this company, and we just invested and it’s going to be three years of growth and a great payout—it all sounds great,” says Lenny Castiglione, CEO of PE-owned OB Hospitalist Group. To evaluate the deal, he adds, “You have to take emotion out of it.”

Read the whole article here

The Hospitalist features OBHG CARE program

By OBHG Marketing on July 27th, 2018

The new Ob Hospitalist Group CARE (Clinician Assistance, Recovery & Encouragement) peer support program was recently featured in the "Hospitalist movers and shakers" section of the Society of Hospital Medicine site The Hospitalist. 

CARE is a unique initiative designed to support clinicians who are suffering from the psychological/emotional impact of an unexpected and adverse obstetrical event.

The program is available to nearly 700 clinicians employed by OBHG at partner hospitals across the U.S.

Read more

New OBHG partnership in Murrieta, CA, featured in news

By OBHG Marketing on July 24th, 2018

OBHG recently launched a new OB hospitalist partnership with Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, CA. The new partnership was recently featured in the news.

"We have created an environment that our patients have come to expect and enjoy a higher level of care," said Rene Tovar, executive director of speciality care services at LLUMC – Murrieta. "Our priority is to take care of the patient first and ensure their needs are met during the most critical times."

Read full article.

OBHG publishes first Progress Notes report

By OBHG Marketing on July 20th, 2018

OBHG has published its inaugural Progress Notes, which details our perspective on industry trends, investments we've made, and successes we've had over the past year. 

View Progress Notes here

How OBHG’s online community brings clinicians together

By OBHG Marketing on July 17th, 2018

Ob Exchange home pageBringing together a network of physicians with disparate shifts and geographic locations isn’t easy. Yet it’s important for clinicians to have an effective way to collaborate and network.

Just one of the many benefits Ob Hospitalist Group offers to its clinicians is its “Ob Exchange” online community.

This platform allows clinicians the opportunity to work together to solve medical problems and share knowledge through improved communication and collaboration across all aspects of patient care.

We recently published an article detailing how we built the platform and how it has allowed our clinicians to come together and exchange information. Not only has Ob Exchange become the primary location for professional connections, collaboration and community support, but it has also allowed our support teams to develop and grow with each other.

Read the article

 

Celebrating a decade-long partnership: Winter Haven Hospital

By OBHG Marketing on July 13th, 2018

Since OBHG's inception in 2006, we have celebrated many new partnerships. But this month we get to celebrate a first! Baycare's Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, FL, is the first of our partners to hit their 10-year anniversary with us. They began their OBHG partnership in July 2008, and our team there continues to thrive. 

"Winter Haven Women’s Hospital has been in partnership with OBHG for 10 years now – it has been a great partnership and has served our community extremely well over the years," said Jennifer Richards, director of patient care services at Winter Haven Hospital. "Our mothers and newborns receive compassionate, competent care from the hospitalists, and this consistently translates into them receiving top quartile patient satisfaction scores."

"OBHG is proud to have partnered with Winterhaven Hospital for the past 10 years. As part of our partnership with the Baycare Health System on the West Coast of Florida, we look forward to expanding our services as the hospital transitions to a new OBED," said Donna Lindsey, OBHG regional vice president of operations. 

Thank you to the team at Winter Haven for your ongoing partnership and dedication to elevating the standard of women's healthcare in your community!

In Texas, reducing maternal mortality will take an aggressive shift in approach

By OBHG Marketing on July 10th, 2018

Dr. Marc Zepeda, an OBHG hospitalist at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-McKinney in McKinney, TX, recently wrote an op-ed published in D CEO Healthcare magazine outlining three things obstetricians and healthcare workers can do to help reduce  maternal mortality in Texas and across the U.S. Read the article here.

The maternal mortality rate is astonishingly high across the U.S., and the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care is doing something about it. In 2015, the Council developed the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) to "eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States." Currently, there 22 participating states, including Texas, which announced earlier this year that 166 hospitals were enrolled.

OBHG announces first program in Maryland

By OBHG Marketing on July 6th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group is pleased to announce that we are entering the Maryland market! We are excited to be partnering with Carroll Hospital in Westminster to develop a brand new obstetric emergency department and hospitalist program.

Carroll Hospital is an acute care and surgical facility that has served the Westminster community for more than 55 years. It is home to a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), private birthing suites, a maternal-fetal medicine program for high-risk pregnancies, and educational classes for new parents.

Westminster boasts a robust arts and culture scene, a charming downtown, and lots of outdoor recreation options. It's an easily commutable distance from Baltimore, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), and the Washington, D.C. area.

OBHG hospitalists enjoy full-time positions with competive compensation, full benefits, paid medical malpractice insurance with tail, phenomenal physician support, and greater work/life balance. Part-time and travel positions, depending on the location and program, are available as well.

Leadership and advancement opportunities abound - along with predictable schedules, fewer shifts, minimal administrative burdens, and the fulfillment that comes with caring for the moms and babies who need your expertise the most.

If you are interested in exploring our new Maryland openings or would like to apply, please contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Liz Selfridge for more information.

What would happen if OBHG hospitalists weren’t there?

By OBHG Marketing on July 3rd, 2018

OBHG hospitalists are highly skilled clinicians who are in our partner hospitals 24/7/365. We asked our partners and a family who recently welcomed a new baby at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-South in Corpus Christi, TX, what would happen if OBHG weren't there during an emergency. Watch the video to find out what they said. 

In the news: OBHG / Good Samaritan Hospital partnership

By OBHG Marketing on June 29th, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital's partnership with OBHG was recently featured in the news. The Suffern, NY hospital began its partnership with OBHG in 2017 on a part-time basis as an obstetrics triage, but it has recently transitioned to the only full-time obstetrics emergency department in the Hudson Valley. 

OBHG is proud to partner with Good Samaritan to help elevate the standard of women's care across the community. Read the article here.

New OBHG program: Loma Linda University Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on June 26th, 2018

OBHG is proud to announce its 11th new hospital partnership of 2018! Earlier this month, we launched a full-time OB triage at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, CA.

"LLU Murietta is committed to becoming the premier women’s center in the area, one which is growing faster than any other region in the state," said Kristina Mangia, director of hospital operations. "With the addition of the OBHG program, they are now able to provide the level of care and clinical excellence that the community has come to expect. We are looking forward to the growth that the woman’s services service line can now expect to see with the addition of the laborist program. LLU Murietta administration is very supportive of the program, and we have Dr. Le, a fantastic team lead at the helm."

The hospitalist team includes (pictured L to R) Dr. Donald Toatley, medical director of operations; Dr. Tam Le; Dr. Mylinda Bielman; Dr. Maryanne Hannaney; Dr. Leopoldo Valdivia; and Kristina Mangia, director of hospital operations. 

Seeking skilled OB/GYNs: current hospitalist openings

By OBHG Marketing on June 22nd, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group, the nation's largest dedicated employer of OB hospitalists and the most experienced company in the industry, is seeking board-certified OB/GYNs for several open positions in desirable locations across the U.S.

If you're a highly skilled, passionate, and service-minded obstetrician ready to practice the medicine you love while enjoying an average of 21 days off per month, we would like to talk with you!


A few of our current open positions:

CONNECTICUT

OBHG is excited to be entering the Connecticut market! We are partnering with a facility in Waterbury to develop a new hospitalist program.

Waterbury is the ninth-largest city in New England and part of the Central Naugatuck Valley Region. It's an easily commutable distance from several cities in New York such as Poughkeepsie and Yonkers.

The town boasts the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, several museums and theaters, two amusement parks, an artisan marketplace and a charming downtown. Residents also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as golf, hiking, biking and running at Mattatuck State Forest.

Contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Liz Selfridge for more information, or read more about the program, local area, and lifestyle.


LOUISIANA

Our hospital program in Lafayette, Louisiana is nestled in the heart of exuberant Cajun & Creole country. Lafayette was named the ‘Happiest City in America’ in 2016! It's located near Baton Rouge and the LSU campus, and is less than three hours from New Orleans.

Please contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Natalie Petrizzo for more information, or read more about the program, local area, and lifestyle.


TEXAS

We are seeking candidates for two programs in one of our newest additions to the Texas market - family-friendly El Paso. Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound in the local area - explore mountains, desert terrain, and the Rio Grande!

Named one of the safest big city in the country, it’s also highly walkable, and boasts a low cost of living, beautiful mountain views, numerous festivals, the largest urban park in the U.S. and 305 days of sunshine a year.

Contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Jason Fyler for more information.

Read more about the program, local area, and lifestyle or view all current opportunities in Texas.


CALIFORNIA

We are seeking an experienced physician to fill one of our most prestigious roles - Site Medical Director for our hospital program in the San Francisco Bay Area - one of the most diverse, influential, and dynamic cities in the world.

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader able to effectively guide a large medical team.

Contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Jason Tafoya for more information.

Read more about the position responsibilities and requirements, or view all current opportunities in California.


FLORIDA

One of our newest hospital programs in Plantation, Florida is mere minutes from some of the most exciting coastal destinations in the country - including Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Miami!

Contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Julie Burger for more information, read more about the program and local area, or view all current opportunities in Florida.

 


In an era of widespread physician burnout, OBHG understands the importance of work/life balance for our valued clinicians. Our full-time roles come with responsibility, influence, excitement, and autonomy, but also allow enough time off for a fulfilling personal and family life. Read some of our physicians' personal stories.

Intrigued? For more information about the positions highlighted here along with all our current job opportunities, contact the clinical recruiter seeking candidates in your region.

Our expert recruiters, all skilled in health care and physician placement, will answer your questions about the hospitalist lifestyle, discuss how our programs work, and explain what you can expect from the hiring process.

OBHG shares financial risk for evidence-based quality performance

By OBHG Marketing on June 19th, 2018

Most of us recognize quality when we see it. But having good data increases our confidence in the quality of care we provide.

That’s why Ob Hospitalist Group is committed to providing robust and comprehensive data reporting on all elements of performance by our partner programs, including quality. OBHG collects, audits, and analyzes our partner hospital data on a quarterly basis to monitor performance and identify areas of opportunity.

We regularly provide customized data reports to our partner hospitals so they can see, in straightforward terms, exactly how we’re performing for them. These reports may include utilization performance, quality metric trending, facility and professional fee performance, and more, depending on the needs of our partners. It’s a way to hold us accountable for the value we deliver our partner hospitals in terms of obstetric unit operations and OB/GYN hospitalist care.

Established in 2006, OBHG today operates more OB hospitalist programs than all of our competitors across the nation combined. Our standards are so high, we consistently have outperformed our promises on safety metrics. In fact, OBHG outperforms the national average on all National Quality Forum (NQF) metrics that we track.

But we don’t stop there.

If we don’t achieve (or exceed) mutually agreed-upon quality goals, our partner hospitals will not pay for a percentage of their contract assigned to quality metric achievement. Guaranteed. No questions asked.

We understand the multi-faceted and complex nature of healthcare delivery in today’s environment. Our partners put their trust in us, and we feel it’s only fair to reciprocate by sharing some of the contract risk. In fact, most of our OBHG programs now include shared financial risk that is customized to the hospital’s goals and perinatal areas of quality improvement.

As healthcare in the United States moves toward risk-sharing, pay-for-performance, and other value-based payment models, OBHG recognizes the continued need to focus on quality metrics and outcomes to optimize the hospital’s revenue potential under the value-based system.

At OBHG, we are committed to quality improvement and transparent reporting on quality performance as a cornerstone of our programs. As such, we stand firmly behind our pledge to deliver on a hospital’s desired quality metrics.

No excuses. Just performance.

New OBHG program: Aurora West Allis Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on June 15th, 2018

OBHG has launched a hospitalist program at Aurora West Allis Medical Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, as a Type A OBED. The new partnership began in late May and is OBHG's 10th program to start in 2018.

"We have worked in great detail with Aurora West Allis Medical Center to form a lasting partnership," said Jami Walker 

The hospitalist team at Aurora West Allis Medical Center includes: front row, left to right: Dr. Robert Southwick and Dr. Andrea Valeri. Back row, left to right: Dr. Jennifer Brenton, Dr. Steven Bush (backups), Dr. Stephen Bashuk, and Dr. Holly Ray. Not pictured: Dr. David Dielenthies and Dr. Jason Foil. Dr. Ray will serve as Team Lead for the program.

From the flip side: Former private-practice OB/GYN talks about renewed partnership

By OBHG Marketing on June 13th, 2018

Dr. Elliott Roberts went from private-practice OB/GYN to OBHG hospitalist at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Hear what he has to say about his new career path and the partnership that has grown between Ob Hospitalist Group and community OB/GYNs in western Tennessee.

OBHG hospitalist on second victim trauma for KevinMD.com

By OBHG Marketing on June 11th, 2018

The vast majority of births and deliveries are joyful ones. Families celebrate the wonder of the new addition to their families, and clinicians go home at the end of the day with a sense of pride, deriving meaning from their professional lives. This is one of the reasons that many of us chose obstetrics in the first place.

But unfortunately, that is not always the case.

As an obstetrician, I know firsthand that there is virtually nothing as emotionally wrenching as a baby or mother suffering an injurious complication or dying during childbirth. Unanticipated, bad, even horrific outcomes sometimes happen — even when all precautions have been taken. Even when things are progressing as planned. And even when the team does everything right to manage complications as they arise. 

Read more

How do OBHG hospitalists partner with community OB/GYNs?

By OBHG Marketing on June 8th, 2018

One of the most common questions we get from potential hospital partners is: How will OBHG hospitalists collaborate with our private-practice OB/GYNs? Dr. Kathleen Rasmussen, Regional Medical Director of Women's Services for CHRISTUS Health, answers this question.



 

Hard Cases: When the Hard Case is One’s Self

By OBHG Marketing on June 6th, 2018

Dr. Meredith Davenport, OBHG hospitalist at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, recently wrote a piece for a LinkedIn series called Hard Cases. In this series, doctors and medical professionals share the toughest challenges they've faced in their careers. 

Dr. Davenport was instrumental in the development of OBHG's CARE program, a first-of-its-kind peer support initiative designed to support clinicians who are suffering from the psychological/emotional impact of an unexpected and adverse obstetrical event.

Read full article.

Safety first - this month and every month!

By OBHG Marketing on June 5th, 2018

Each June, OBHG and thousands of organizations across the country recognize National Safety Month in an effort to save lives, prevent injuries and raise public awareness.

The observance was founded by the National Safety Council, a 501c3 non-profit that works to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.

Throughout the month the NSC will highlight four crucial aspects of safe living:

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness
Week 2: Wellness
Week 3: Falls
Week 4: Driving

Workplaces are encouraged to download free materials (posters, tips sheets, and more), distribute the SafeAtWork pledge to employees, and share social media posts using the hashtag #No1GetsHurt.

OBHG’s strong commitment to safety is reflected in every aspect of our life-saving enterprise, whether it's our passion for providing the highest standard of care for every patient, or our dedication to ensuring a consistently safe work environment for our clincial and support teams.  

"Our goal is to ensure safe, equitable care to all and to support a culture of safety with our hospital partners," says Manager of Patient Safety and Quality Libby Gardner.  

"This commitment is reflected in the caliber of our clinicians, our participation in national organizations, and our leadership in the industry.”

New OBHG program: Metropolitan Methodist Hospital

By OBHG Marketing on June 1st, 2018

The OBHG program at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas started May 15 as a Type A OBED. This is OBHG's 9th program to start in 2018.

“I am excited about the new partnership that we now have with Metropolitan Methodist," said OBHG Regional Vice President of Operations Will McDonald. "Having great hospital partners remain critical to OBHG. Our goal is to work with hospitals with whom we have similar strategic goals, similar core values and have the basic fundamental goal to elevate the healthcare of women in the communities we serve”.

The hospitalist team at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital includes Dr. Qurana Vedoy Barajas, Dr. Michael Garcia, Dr. Amelia Cleveland- Traylor, and Dr. Leticia Vargas. The backup hospitalists are Dr. Michael Karagas, Dr. John Kellum, and Dr. Marc Zepeda. Dr. Vargas will serve as Team Lead for the program.

Join us for dinner in Louisville!

By OBHG Marketing on May 31st, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group invites all OB/GYN physicians to join us for a special roundtable discussion about the future of women’s healthcare.

Network with colleagues, enjoy a complimentary dinner at innovative local eatery Mesh, and find out what the hospitalist lifestyle is really like.

Spouses, partners and guests are welcome to attend.

This event will be hosted by Dr. Charles Rollison and Dr. Keehn Hosier.


Tuesday, June 26th
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Mesh
3608 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY

RSVP on our Eventbrite page or send an email to recruiting@obhg.com

Case study: OBHG partnership takes women’s hospital from perilous to prosperous

By OBHG Marketing on May 29th, 2018

An independent OB/GYN group planned to leave Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in northwest Arkansas, taking over 50 percent of the hospital’s deliveries with them. Hospital leadership knew they needed to make a change or else the hospital was at risk of closing. They enlisted the help of Ob Hospitalist Group to take over the obstetric emergency room coverage and to grow and retain volume. 


Find out how OBHG helped Willow Creek retain solid footing in the community - read full case study.

What it’s really like to be an OBHG partner

By OBHG Marketing on May 24th, 2018

Do you want to know what it's really like to be an OBHG partner? Deena Kail shines some light on the seven-year partnership at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN. Deena is the executive director of West Tennessee Women's Center and the Ayers Children's Medical Center and was instrumental in building this flourishing partnership.

New OBHG program: North Central Baptist Hospital

By OBHG Marketing on May 22nd, 2018

OBHG is excited to launch its eighth partnership of 2018 at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. The new program started on April 25 as a Type A obstetrics emergency department.

The hospitalist team at North Central Baptist Hospital includes (left to right): Dr. Misty Vandever, Dr. Martha Schmitz, Dr. Jill Terry, Dr. Christine Van Ramshorst, Dr. Rakhi Dimino; Medical Director of Operations and (front) Dr. Kimberly Chessir. Not pictured: Dr. Ezell Autrey. Dr. Van Ramshorst will serve as Team Lead for the program.

New OBHG program: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on May 18th, 2018

OBHG launched its seventh new partnership of 2018 late last month! The program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes Barre, PA, features full-time OB triage. We are excited for this new partnership and look forward to elevating the standard of women's healthcare in the Wilkes Barre community. 

Front Row from GWV (L to R) Rachel Cunniffe, RN Christina Coats RN and Riddhi Patel UDC and Ob Hospitalist Group’s Dr. Jennifer Reason. Back Row from Ob Hospitalist Group (L to R) Dr. Nicholas Kulbida, Medical Director of Operations, Dr. Renee Hoffman and Dr. Anita Sargent. Not pictured and will serve as backups at this program: Dr. Ethel Hooper and Dr. Fred Smith. Dr. Reason will serve as Team Lead for the program.

Reaping the benefits of community midwife outreach

By OBHG Marketing on May 16th, 2018

Teamwork is the watchword on the Labor and Delivery units in OBHG partner hospitals, and at UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, the facility and hospitalist team have extended that teamwork mentality to their community’s midwives.

Amber Rossman, RN, nurse manager at Memorial Hospital Central’s Birth Center, has cultivated positive relationships with community midwives and other providers for nearly two years. Rossman and Dr. Renee Lockey‍, OBHG team lead at Memorial Hospital Central, spoke about the success of the outreach program.

Laying a foundation 

The hospital began the collaboration with the goal of creating a safe transfer environment for patients who had not originally planned for a hospital birth experience, says Rossman. “Varying types of birth services in a community intersect during crucial times for a mother and unborn child."

She notes that hospitalists are uniquely positioned to partner with the hospital and community maternity care providers to serve all patients. There is no perception of competition, since OBHG is dedicated to providing inpatient services only.

“This improves the ability of the hospital to build solid relationships with the community midwives," she says.

Inclusion and respect

The hospital team initially solicited midwives’ input through a questionnaire and later through dialogue and feedback, says Lockey.

UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central holds bi-annual informational meetings for community midwives and up to 18 community providers attend each session, says Rossman. There are now 35 community midwives on the contact list. Connecting with these midwives is important because the hospital’s location, El Paso County, has the highest rate of home births in Colorado.

Lockey says midwife involvement in planning the transfer standards and the treatment their patients receive has resulted in a favorable opinion of UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central’s Labor and Delivery program. The hospital used the Homebirth Summit’s best practice guidelines for transfer from a planned home birth to the hospital to develop the standards.

“We do not make any statements on whether we agree or disagree on any particular kind of care. We make sure that when a client is brought to our doorstep, we treat everyone respectfully, we are welcoming, and we provide the best care to that patient,” says Rossman.

Lockey adds that UCHealth and Ob Hospitalist Group share a mission to be compassionate and nonjudgmental recipients for all patients.

The hospital consistently receives positive feedback about birth experiences from the transferred patients, Rossman notes. In addition, the community clinicians are invited to share their recent transfer stories at the hospital-hosted meetings.

“We continue to hear positive feedback that they were well-received, they were heard, and their clients’ wishes were respected," she says. "They’re coming to us for interventions and those interventions are being discussed in a positive direction and consent is being obtained."

The outreach effort has created a favorable perception, allowing some longtime community midwives to overcome past hospital transfer experiences, says Lockey. The area has three hospitals offering Labor and Delivery services and the local midwives deliberately choose Memorial Hospital Central. Lockey credits this trend in part to hospital outreach efforts and “the reputation we are achieving in providing good, safe, and respectful care.”

"As this round table builds trust that client's requests and birth wishes will be respected and heard, it in turn supports good clinical judgment decisions on transfer," says Rossman. "Our community midwives are 100 percent accountable for their transfer decisions and the hospital is 100 percent accountable for providing safe and effective receiving environment." “They see the respect offered to the patients and are often quicker to transfer when help is needed."

“Patients appreciate that we function as a united team when a patient arrives and we assume their care,” says Lockey.

Extending the benefits

Treating these transfer patients is prompting the Labor and Delivery unit to look at how it can make changes in maternity services at the hospital, including postpartum care, says Rossman.

“This population of patients challenges us as providers to practice in an evidence-based way,” Lockey adds. "They are often well-educated and in favor of alternative or more natural practices. Patients who were anticipating a home birth experience challenge the hospital team to consider if our practices really are best practices, and to explain the rationale behind what, when, and why we do what we do. Overall, I believe this moves us in a good direction for the safety of both mom and baby."

Lockey hopes that other hospitals will consider similar initiatives. “It’s a win overall for women to collaborate with this group,” she says. “I give kudos to UCHealth for leading in this area. It’s satisfying to be a part of something collaborative and cooperative that is creating a positive change in our city.”

Photos: above right: Dr. Renee Lockey, middle: Amber Rossman, below: the Memorial Hospital Central campus

OBHG partners with CHRISTUS Spohn-South to deliver the highest standard of women’s care

By OBHG Marketing on May 14th, 2018

OBHG began our partnership with CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - South in 2014. Since then, we have developed a strong relationship with the staff and community physicians to raise the standard of care for pregnant women. Watch the video below to see what Mark Casanova, President of CHRISTUS Spohn - South, and Lenora Sevcik, Director of Women's Services, have to say about the benefits of the partnership. 



 

New OBHG program: Carolinas HealthCare System University

By OBHG Marketing on May 11th, 2018

In April, OBHG launched its sixth OB hospitalist program of 2018. Carolinas HealthCare System University in Charlotte, NC, features a full-time OB triage FT triage.

The hospitalist team includes (left to right): Addie Taylor; Director of Hospital Operations, Dr. Susan Wilson; Medical Director of Operations, Dr. Peter Boehling (backup), Dr.  Arlene Persaud-Kraut, Dr. Cynthia Wesley and Dr. Alan Segal (backup). Not pictured: Dr. Lawrence Bass and Dr. Marion Reynolds. Dr. Persaud-Kraut will serve as Team Lead for the program.

New CARE program receives national press

By OBHG Marketing on May 8th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group, the nation’s leading provider of OB/GYN hospitalist services, has announced the launch of its CARE program, a first-of-its-kind peer support initiative designed to support clinicians who are suffering from the psychological/emotional impact of an unexpected and adverse obstetrical event.

Obstetricians who are suffering vicarious trauma benefit from emotional first aid and peer-to-peer wraparound support.

Through the CARE (Clinician Assistance, Recovery & Encouragement) Program, trained peers support OBHG colleagues in an atmosphere of confidentiality, empathy, trust, and respect in the immediate aftermath of a negative patient care-related event.

It is believed to be the first large-scale obstetrics peer-support program in the country, available to more than 600 OBHG clinicians at over 120 hospitals in the U.S.

The CARE program is designed to address the well-documented concept of the “second victim.” A wide body of research has found that when healthcare providers are involved in an unanticipated patient event, a medical error and/or a patient-related injury, they often feel as though they have failed the patient, second guessing their clinical skills and knowledge base.

“Unanticipated medical outcomes can be devastating for both patients and physicians. Our research found nine in ten of our physicians did not feel adequately supported in coping with error-related stress, and eight in ten reported they would be interested in counseling after a serious error occurred,” said Leonard L. Castiglione, chief executive officer, Ob Hospitalist Group.

“We designed the CARE program based on a ‘first responder’ approach: to offer emotional first aid and peer-to-peer wraparound support to clinicians who are suffering vicarious trauma, to help them regain the emotional health and equilibrium necessary to provide skillful, empathetic care for patients.”

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Dr. Rakhi Dimino addresses maternal mortality in Houston Chronicle op-ed

By OBHG Marketing on May 7th, 2018

Last year, a woman I was caring for in labor & delivery almost died.

She was suffering from an embolism characterized by sudden cardiorespiratory collapse and acute hemorrhage. In the simplest terms, she nearly died from an allergic reaction to amniotic micro-substances in her bloodstream that can cause severe bleeding and inability to provide oxygen to the organs in her body.

Luckily, a collaborative team of health care workers immediately jumped in to save her life. Our team worked for hours to deliver her baby, stop the bleeding and stabilize her. To our great joy, she and her newborn survived.

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OBHG Medical Director of Operations Dr. Rakhi Dimino discussed the current maternal mortality rate in Texas, along with the three steps state lawmakers, hospitals and physicians must take to address the issue in this op-ed published by the Houston Chronicle May 4, 2018.

OBHG celebrates International Day of the Midwife 2018

By OBHG Marketing on May 4th, 2018

Midwifery is an ancient profession and midwives today still help women through their pregnancy, labor, and delivery every day. Ob Hospitalist Group has nearly 40 midwives working in our hospitalist programs across the United States and the number is growing. May 5 marks International Day of the Midwife, a celebration of the important and dedicated work of midwives across the globe.

The International Confederation of Midwives established the idea of the International Day of the Midwife in the late 1980s and formally launched the initiative in 1992.

“Midwives leading the way with quality care is significant in highlighting the vital role that midwives play not only in ensuring women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely, but also receive respectful and well-resourced maternity care that can create a lifetime of good health and wellbeing beyond the childbirth continuum,” writes the International Confederation of Midwives. 

Sallie Hill, CNM, works in the OBHG program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a bustling location in northern California. She talked with us about her journey to becoming a midwife and why the profession is beneficial to mothers, physicians, and hospitals.

First, the training
Hill became interested in midwifery following the difficult birth of her son, and her physician said he wished the hospital had midwives because she would have been a perfect candidate. “I thought, ‘They still have midwives?’ and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” said Hill.

She attended nursing school and later worked in labor & delivery nursing for several years before entering the midwifery program at University of California at San Francisco.

Hill began her career with the Indian Health Service, working at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. "It was a really wonderful place to work. We rarely had an obstetrician, so the midwives ran Obstetrics and Gynecology along with Primary Care. We learned skills like ultrasound, colposcopy, and vacuum-assisted delivery because we were so remote,” said Hill.

Next came solo practice in South Dakota followed by a practice in Boulder, Colorado. When she returned to California, Hill worked at a free-standing birth center and later joined what became the Alta Bates Summit Perinatal Center. She’s worked there for 15 years. The pace was ultra-fast in the beginning, said Hill, “When I initially started, we did 7,000 to 8,000 births a year, sometimes 10 births in an hour, but now it is about 4,000 per year. It’s busy, but very rewarding.”

‘Birth is normal, but they’re all different’
Using midwives on labor & delivery reaps multiple benefits. When Hill is on shift at Alta Bates, a midwife and two physicians are on the L&D unit. She oversees the entire birth (and the rare repair) on her own and only calls for physician consultation or backup if something goes wrong or she is out of her comfort zone, said Hill.

A benefit for the mother is that midwives are trained to treat birth as normal while still keeping an eye out for something that deviates from normal so if there is an emergency, they can react and take care of it, said Hill. “We can be with the mother as much as possible and provide reassurance for them,” she added. 

Hill recounts a story of when she had a backup physician covering for her and the physician said when confronted with a situation with one of Hill’s patients, she thought about what Sallie would do. “And I just sat on my hands,” reported the physician. 

Working on an OB hospitalist team versus solo practice offers a different perspective, said Hill. “You’re more focused on working with a team and you’re more dependent on your colleagues for a team approach to everybody’s care. This is because you don’t know the background of the women you’re caring for as well as you would in full-scope clinical practice. It’s nice to have that camaraderie and team support,” she said.

Lessons learned
Sallie Hill shared some of the lessons learned in her decades of practice. Establishing a rapport or common ground when the patient first arrives is paramount, she said. “I’ve learned to listen and get patients to tell me their story. By doing that and listening to the women, it’s easier to establish a connection. I want to get that story first,” she said.

“I’ve also learned that it’s really important that you not insert your ego or your expectations into somebody else’s labor and birth experience. That can be a hard lesson to learn for some people. You have to learn as a midwife to be able to not have your expectations forefront,” she added.

And when the birth is not going the way the patient expected, a midwife must be a support and guide. “You may have to respectfully tell them that an intervention is needed. We have to really learn to listen and discuss rather than dictating how something will be done,” she said.

“Some women want complete control and you can control nothing about labor. You may have to work around that [expectation] and keep the safety of the mom and baby at the forefront,” said Hill. 

What’s on the horizon
Obstetrics trends evolve and Hill said one distressing trend is hospitals closing their labor & delivery units, so women in rural areas may have to travel hours to a hospital that offers Labor & Delivery.

This trend could drive up the number of midwives. “I think midwives are going to be even more prevalent, not only in hospital settings, but in rural clinics and even in city clinics as we run into a shortage of doctors. There is going to be more of the type of practice where consultations are done by phone or video because a physician is 100 miles away,” she said. 

The pendulum in Obstetrics swings back and forth, said Hill, but the process of pregnancy and labor hasn’t changed for thousands of years. “I hope to see more midwives in practice and an examination of what interventions are really needed,” she added.

An optimal model
Midwives and obstetricians working together is beneficial for all, said Hill. “I think the collegial and collaborative midwife/obstetrician approach is really best. I think that midwives and obstetricians can learn quite a bit from each other.”

“It’s very important that an open dialogue is maintained between those positions and that’s what’s going to benefit women and their families. There are so many strengths that both professions have. I need to be able to learn from the obstetricians, but they also need to be able to learn from me,” she added.

When residents are paired with midwives during rotations, this is an excellent model and helpful for both parties, she added. “It gives exposure to midwives and normal birth, which may not happen for an obstetrician in training,” said Hill.

Sallie Hill said working as a midwife in a hospitalist program truly suits her. “It’s always challenging, it’s always interesting, and then you get to go home. What’s nice about being a hospitalist is that you get a wide variety of clinical situations, but you don’t have to take those home with you.”

What your hospital is missing with a DIY OB hospitalist program

By OBHG Marketing on May 2nd, 2018

Earlier this year, we talked with Annette Stier, director of women's & children's services at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA, one of OBHG's longest-running partners. Providence St. Peter started their OBHG hospitalist program in 2010, and Annette has been there since the beginning. Hear what she has to say about the benefits a hospital gleans from an OBHG partnership versus developing their own OB hospitalist program. 

OBHG highlighted in interview with Norman Regional Health System CEO

By OBHG Marketing on May 1st, 2018

On April 29, 2018, The Norman Transcript published an interview with Norman Regional Health System CEO Richie Splitt. The Norman, OK-based hospital system has launched several new initiatives recently, one of which being its development of an Ob Hospitalist Group obstetrics emergency department at the Norman Regional HealthPlex

Read full interview.

OBHG’s Dr. Jaynes featured on ACOG TV

By OBHG Marketing on April 30th, 2018

This past week, healthcare professionals from around the country flocked to Austin, TX for The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting. During the meeting, which ran from April 27-30, ACOG aired daily TV segments that played on a closed circuit network throughout the conference hall and surrounding locations. OBHG's Senior Director of Medical Operations Dr. Charlie Jaynes was featured on one of these segments, and he had the opportunity to speak about some issues and initiatives that are high priority for both him as a physician and OBHG as an organization.

Hear what Dr. Jaynes has to say about the "second victim" phenomenon and OBHG's new CARE program below.

New OBHG program: Baylor Scott & White-McKinney

By OBHG Marketing on April 27th, 2018

We've expanded our national network! On April 4, 2018, OBHG launched a Type A obstetrics emergency department within Baylor Scott & White McKinney in McKinney, TX. This is the fifth OBHG partnership to begin in 2018. 

The hospitalist team at Baylor Scott & White McKinney includes (left to right):  Dr. Timothy Sandmann, Dr. Edileola Makinde, Dr. Marc Zepeda, Dr. Jeffrey Hermann, Dr. Lenora Vaughn.  Backups: Dr. Bob Darrow, Dr. Ezell Autrey (not pictured) and Dr. Tova Burge-Martin (not pictured).  Dr. Sandmann will serve as Team Lead for the program.

Family-centered C-section can change birth experience

By OBHG Marketing on April 24th, 2018

About one in three babies is delivered via C-section in the U.S. It's the most common surgery in the nation.

While much has been written about the need to reduce or eliminate unnecessary cesarean sections, many are unavoidable - but can also leave a mother feeling that she missed a crucial part of the experience.

Moms who deliver through C-section can struggle with feelings of disappointment, or even guilt. But obstetricans have devised new ways to allow for maternal bonding during the procedure.

"Birth comes in two forms and both lead to motherhood," says Dr. Alissa Erogbogbo

Erogbogbo, OBHG medical director of operations for northern and central California, says advances in the understanding of the capabilities during a C-section have developed into what's now known as the 'family-centered cesarean', which allows for more active involvement of the mother in the birth of her baby.

"A family-centered C-section can entail any of the following: skin-to-skin contact, continual presence of a support person, breastfeeding in the OR, dimmed lights, calming music, unstrapped arms, and lowered sheets," she says.

A mother can opt to stay alert and watch the birth process happening, and have the infant placed on her chest to help stimulate breastfeeding. If her hands are not strapped down (and the IV inserted in her non-dominant hand), she will able to immediately hold her newborn and keep her baby close.

Initial research has shown that the new method is as safe as the traditional procedure, and also results in better breastfeeding and bonding outcomes and significantly increased satisfaction for the mother and family members.

While this gentler, more personalized cesarean method is less common in this country than the UK where it began, Erogbogbo is not surprised it is catching on in the U.S.

"It changes the birth experience," she says. "It allows the mother to embrace her delivery."

April is Cesarean Awareness Month, which helps remind caregivers and patients of the need to know and understand the facts about C-sections.

The Toliver’s story: Happy mom, happy baby.

By OBHG Marketing on April 20th, 2018

Aiysha and Charles Toliver welcomed their second child Zaccai in 2017. Thanks to the partnership between CHRISTUS Spohn-South and Ob Hospitalist Group, both mother and baby are happy and healthy!

View video below.





 

Be our guest in Austin April 28

By OBHG Marketing on April 17th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group invites all OB/GYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives and OB residents to be our guests at our special Meet & Greet Reception in dynamic Austin, Texas.

Come and enjoy libations, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an incredible open air view of the city on the 7th floor terrace of the elegant new Fairmont Austin hotel as you get to know some of our executives and mingle with our expert clinical recruiters. 

When you arrive, be sure to register for our drawing for a new Series 3 Apple watch!

OBHG Meet & Greet Reception

Saturday, April 28th
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Fairmont Austin Hotel
Rules and Regs terrace, 7th floor

RSVP on our Eventbrite page or send an email to Nadine Rhodes.
(RSVPs are not necessary but appreciated.) We are excited to see you there!

Recognizing the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week

By OBHG Marketing on April 13th, 2018

The inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), is taking place from April 11-17 this year.

The BMMA launched the effort to increase public attention around the state of Black maternal health in the U.S., along with the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes, and community-based policies, programs, and solutions.

Partners and collaborators include Sister Song, Every Mother Counts, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women's Law Center.

The week-long campaign seeks to amplify the voices of Black mothers, women, families, and stakeholders, serve as a national platform for Black women-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth justice, and reproductive justice.

The Alliance offers a social media/online advocacy toolkit for download. A free webinar is scheduled for Monday, April 16 highlighting the challenges Black, African immigrant and undocumented women face in accessing equitable maternity care.

A tweet chat will take place Tuesday, April 17th at 3 pm Eastern time. Official Hashtags include #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW18, and #BlackMamasMatter #IntlMHDay.

April is also recognized as National Minority Health Month – which seeks to advance health equity for all racial and ethnic minorities. 

New OBHG program featured in local news story

By OBHG Marketing on April 11th, 2018

New OBHG hospital partner St. Luke's First Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX, was featured on a recent local media story. OB/GYN hospitalist Dr. Randall Davis, and St. Luke's Director of Women's Services Terrie Price, explained how the new 24-7 obstetric emergency department works, and how it will benefit moms, babies, families and local obstetricians in the community. 

The hospital is the first in San Antonio to offer an OB hospitalist program.

Watch the video

Obstetrician hospitalist partnerships can reduce risk of medical malpractice claims, burnout

By OBHG Marketing on April 9th, 2018

Healthcare Finance recently interviewed OBHG's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon about the benefits private-practice OB/GYNs glean from an OB hospitalist partnership. 

According to Dr. Simon, a lot of obstetricians get fed up with the bureaucracy inherent in the healthcare system, as well as the various pressures the job.

Read full article.

New OBHG program: Our Lady of Lourdes

By OBHG Marketing on April 6th, 2018

OBHG is excited to announce our third program go-live of 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Binghamton, NY. Our Lady of Lourdes, part of the Ascension Health system, has a full-time OBHG triage. 

The hospitalist team at Our Lady of Lourdes includes: (from left to right) Dr. Tanya Mays, Dr. Scott Treutlein,  Dr. Mark Spence, Dr. Paul Burke, Dr. Raymond DeCesare and Dr. Florence Jean Louis.  In front: Dr. Angel Kearney and  Dr. Deborah Basso. Dr. Fred Nichols and Dr. Anita Sargent (not pictured) will serve as back-ups at this program. Dr. Mays will serve as Team Lead for the program.

OBHG expert weighs in: Best medical schools for OB/GYNs

By OBHG Marketing on April 4th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Business Development Dr. Jane van Dis was one of the prominent national experts quoted in a recent U.S. News and World Report article.

The piece, geared toward aspiring medical students, discusses what up-and-coming OB/GYNs should look for when they choose a medical school.

Read the full article

Q4 2017 ‘You Delivered!’ award recipients announced

By OBHG Marketing on April 3rd, 2018

Each quarter, our OBHG colleagues commend their peers for going above and beyond with the 'You Delivered!' peer-to-peer recognition program. Winners are named each quarter, shared within the OBHG community, and receive a personalized, engraved trophy. All nominees receive a unique lapel pin.

Dr. Troy Eckman and Leslie Cianfarano were named winners of the 'You Delivered!' award for the fourth quarter of 2017.

By the Patient’s Side All the Way
Dr. Troy Eckman was nominated by Bellevue Woman’s Center Team Lead Dr. Dympna Weil for going the extra mile—literally. Because their facility is the OB center for Ellis Hospital System, sometimes her team must address clinical needs at the main hospital emergency room about one mile away, said Dr. Weil.

A patient came into the local emergency room and was determined to need treatment by an OB hospitalist, but could not be transferred. A community physician quickly assessed the patient in the ER, but had another patient under anesthesia for surgery and could not immediately treat her. Recognizing the dire situation, a nurse contacted Dr. Eckman at home.

“When he learned of the acuity and urgent nature of the patient's needs, Dr. Eckman hopped in his truck and drove directly over the main hospital's ER where he assessed the patient and arranged for her transfer to our local tertiary care center. As if that was not enough, he rode in the ambulance with this high-risk patient all the way to the medical center—and then arrived to begin his normally scheduled OBHG shift at noon,” wrote Dr. Weil.


Bridging Gaps
Leslie Cianfarano, Business Systems Analyst, was nominated by colleagues Erin Cook, Elaine Stephenson, and Jessie Simpson. Leslie was recognized for her willingness to assist during a transition from Human Resources to Business Systems, performing “multiple jobs within multiple departments, bridging gaps, and keeping things moving forward—all with a smile on her face,” read one nomination.

“She brought multiple teams together, working towards the one goal of system cleanup, streamlining processes, and identifying system errors. In addition, she is always willing to share her knowledge, train people on the system…” read another.

“She has been instrumental in assisting our team in transitioning the compensation analyst responsibilities and has made herself available to answer questions, solve complex compensation issues, provide job aides, document processes, assist with resources and recommendations, all while learning and working her new full-time position in IT…,” read a third.

Congratulations to our 'You Delivered!' winners!  

Honoring a sacred calling: National Doctors’ Day 2018

By OBHG Marketing on March 30th, 2018

On National Doctor’s Day 2018, Ob Hospitalist Group recognizes the crucial, life changing work our hospitalists do each and every day.

Founded by an obstetrician who envisioned a better, safer way to deliver emergency OB care and offer clinicians a more balanced personal lifestyle, Ob Hospitalist Group provides unparalleled support for our employed physicians, along with benefits for the private OB/GYNs who practice near or have admitting privileges at our 130 partner hospitals across the nation.

We are humbled and eternally grateful for your compassion, your unwavering dedication, and your incredible clinical skills.

OBHG honors you for every vulnerable mother cared for, every baby brought into the world, every new family created, and every life saved.

New OBHG program: MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on March 28th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group is pleased to announce our second new partnership of 2018, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. Orange Coast's OB hospitalist program launched on March 7, and it features full-time triage.

"We are affectionately calling this program the team of team leads," said Director of Hospital Operations Kristina Mangia. "We have an amazing team of OBHG leaders assembled to staff Orange Coast with three of the team members being former or current team leads. Two great providers new to OBHG are a part of the Orange Coast team as well. The hospital has been a dream to work with, and we are excited to see this program grow into an OBED."

The hospitalist team at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center includes in the front row from left to right: Steve Schaerrer; RVPO, Dr. Stephen Walker, Dr. Carol Levi, Dr. Michelle Uaje, Dr. Shawanda Obey, Dr. Donald Toatley; MSO, Dr. Jesus Baldonado and Kristina Mangia; DHO. In the back row from left to right Dr. James Barber and Dr. Mark Harrison.  Dr. James Barber will serve as team lead for the program.

Opioids after delivery: Addressing postpartum pain relief without feeding addiction

By OBHG Marketing on March 26th, 2018

Admidst the national opioid epidemic, OBHG hospitalists are taking measures to ensure they are not feeding addiction among postpartum patients. Dr. Stephen T. Bashuk, OBHG Medical Director of Operations, suggests three approaches physicians, department heads, and hospital administrators can take when addressing this issue.

Bashuk says they should strive to:

  • Wear many hats, including as pediatrician and administrator stand-in.
  • Never assume physician instruction is taken as the final word.
  • Be wise to greater tolerance.

Read full article.

A wealth of expertise: Hospitalist Dr. Lydia Sims

By OBHG Marketing on March 23rd, 2018

When it comes to her specialty, Dr. Lydia Sims has pretty much done it all.

Fresh out of residency, she developed a much-needed prenatal program – which is still in operation today – at a public health clinic in San Antonio. She worked as a contract OB/GYN for the U.S. military, joined private group practices in Kentucky and Louisiana, and was employed by a large healthcare corporation. She also founded a successful solo practice which she operated for 13 years.

Dr. Sims notes that the industry has gone through a lot of changes in the past decade, and that many OBs are faced with numerous, draining tasks that can take precious time and energy away from patient care.

“In private practice you’re doing more than just providing medical care to your patient, because you’re so busy with who’s working today, who’s going to show up tomorrow, co-pays, insurance companies, filling out piles of forms, and government requirements,” she says. “It was taking the fun out of medicine.”

Photo: Dr. Lydia Sims (bottom right) with her husband, a hand surgeon, and their two children.

Read Dr. Sims' clinician testimonial

March is Trisomy Awareness Month

By OBHG Marketing on March 20th, 2018

What a difference a few decades makes. As recently as the 1940s, children born with Down syndrome were expected to live only to age 12. By the 1980s, life expectancy was about 25 years. Today, the average person with Down syndrome lives to be 60. Last year, Guinness World Records listed Kenny Cridge of England as the world’s oldest living person with Down syndrome

Society, too, is catching up. Where attitudes once were often hurtful and based on ignorance, they now are increasingly accepting and knowledgeable. Where once babies diagnosed with Down syndrome were sent off to institutions, today they are mainstreamed in public school classrooms. And today, large retailers are embracing Down children in their advertising.

Walgreens drug store, for example, launched an Easter promotion last year featuring the angelic face of seven-year-old Grace Driscoll, a kindergartner from Chicago with Down syndrome. Grace appeared on signage in more than 8,000 Walgreens stores nationwide. It is one of the first times Walgreens has featured a model with a cognitive disability in its advertising. “We wanted this marketing campaign to be inclusive,” a Walgreens spokesman said. Walgreens joins a growing number of national brands including individuals with disabilities in their catalogs and advertisements.

Trisomy occurs when a baby develops with an extra chromosome in some or all of his or her cells. It is the result of cells not dividing properly, and the chromosomes don’t separate in pairs as they normally do, giving the baby an extra or third copy of a particular chromosome. Many trisomies result in miscarriage rather than live birth, and any chromosome can be affected. The most common live-birth trisomies involve chromosomes 18 and 21.

Trisomy 18 — also known as Edwards syndrome — occurs in about one in 2,500 pregnancies. Only half of these babies are born alive, and few will survive more than a few days. About 10% survive to their first birthday. There is no cure other than medical care to provide the best quality of life possible. Having a child with Edwards syndrome is devastating for parents and can be overwhelming. It is critical that these parents obtain support from organizations such as the Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society and the Trisomy 18 Foundation.

Trisomy 21 — also known as Down syndrome — is the most common and well-known form of trisomy. Occurring in about one out of 800 births, Down syndrome is characterized by intellectual delays and physical abnormalities that include a smaller head, a somewhat flattened nose, poor muscle tone, and slanted eyes. Down syndrome children have an average IQ of 50, compared with the average IQ of 100 in normal children.

March is Trisomy Awareness Month. Stories abound about Down children and adults who exceed expectations every day. Just like Kenny Cridge, who’s eating cake and living large.

OBHG hospitalist quoted in Reader’s Digest article

By OBHG Marketing on March 16th, 2018

Earlier this month, Dr. Jane van Dis, OBHG hospitalist and medical director of business development, was quoted in a Reader's Digest story, 15 Signs Your Weight Gain Means Your Health is in Trouble. Dr. van Dis shares her insight into three of the signs that weight gain could be a bigger issue: irregular periods, painful periods, and abdominal pain. 

Read full article.

Upcoming Events 2018

By OBHG Marketing on March 14th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group will be attending the following meetings or conferences in the near future:

SAAOG
January 13-16; Bonita Springs, FL

SMFM
January 31 - February 2; Dallas, Texas

Michigan Section of ACOG
February 2-4; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI

CA AWHONN
February 23-24; Anaheim, CA

MI Michigan
March 5; Lansing Center, MI

AONE
April 12-15; Indianapolis, IN

 

 


 

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

By OBHG Marketing on March 12th, 2018

March 11-17 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is the primary sponsor of the annual observance through its United for Patient Safety Campaign.

IHI is asking both clinicians and consumers to focus on patient safety as a serious public health issue.

As an industry leader in patient safety and quality improvement, Ob Hospitalist Group requires all clinicians to regularly maintain their proficiency in the latest OB/GYN patient safety issues via continuing education, and all new clinical employees are required to complete several online courses (or bundles) in electronic fetal monitoring and perinatal safety before they begin their first shift in a partner hospital.

In addition, the OBHG SAFE program identifies areas for potential quality improvement and provides our clinicians and partners with access to a variety of best practices and educational offerings.

During Patient Safety Awareness Week this year, IHI encourages interested people to share their organization's plans or initiatives, honor those who have suffered due to medical errors, participate in an open Twitter chat scheduled for Friday from 12-1 pm EST (use #PSAW18 to join the conversation), and take the pledge to stand united in striving to reduce harm in patient care.

At OBHG, a passion for people and commitment to patient safety and quality improvement are part of our culture. For safety programs anywhere to succeed, it is imperative that healthcare organizations similarly establish their own safety cultures, regularly utilize bundles, toolkits, and best practices, and consistently demonstrate unwavering dedication to their patients every day.

Endometriosis increases risk for pregnancy complications

By OBHG Marketing on March 6th, 2018

Millions of women around the world suffer from endometriosis — a condition in which uterine tissue migrates and grows abnormally outside of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms, while others experience severe pain, especially during their menstrual period.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that about one in 10 reproductive-age women suffers from endometriosis.

Endometriosis occurs when displaced endometrial tissue, behaving just as the lining of the uterus ordinarily would every month, thickens and sloughs during menstruation. When the menstrual blood from endometrial tissue has no place else to go, it is released into the surrounding tissues, causing inflammation and in some cases forming cysts (called endometriomas), scar tissue, or adhesions.

Occasionally, endometriosis can be found on organs or even old surgical scar tissue outside the pelvic cavity; these growths are called endometrial implants. While the majority are benign, they have been associated with an increased risk for developing cancer.

Chronic pelvic pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis, but some women have no symptoms, and others may suffer excessive bleeding or pain during sex or when using the bathroom. Most women are first diagnosed with endometriosis while seeking care for infertility.

Almost 40% of women with infertility have endometriosis. That’s because the internal scarring or adhesions from endometriosis may interfere with the release of eggs from the ovaries or block progress of the sperm. The associated inflammation also creates an environment inconsistent with fertilization.

Regardless, many women with mild to moderate forms of endometriosis can conceive normally and have healthy, term pregnancies. Because the condition can worsen over time, however, women with endometriosis who are certain they want to have a baby might consider conceiving sooner rather than later.

Diagnosing endometriosis is a process that usually begins with a pelvic examination. If endometriosis is suspected, the only way to absolutely confirm it is through laparoscopy, usually an outpatient procedure in which the physician inserts a long, slender scope with a tiny camera through a small incision to view internal tissues up close.

Treatment for confirmed endometriosis can be prescription of medications such as anti-inflammatory pain relievers or hormones delivered via contraceptive pills, which can inhibit endometrial tissue growth. In more serious cases, surgery is considered, but usually as a last resort. Surgery can physically remove endometrial tissue and improve fertility. Unfortunately, endometriosis often returns within two years of surgery. In the most severe cases, some women and their physicians choose total hysterectomy as well as the removal of both ovaries because estrogen from the ovaries can stimulate any remaining endometriosis.

Recent studies have identified a number of adverse pregnancy complications that are associated with endometriosis, and researchers encourage healthcare providers to be alert for potential risks among expectant women with a history of endometriosis. Their investigations found serious complications such as spontaneous rupture of the uterus, postpartum hemorrhage, and obstructed labor (dystocia) among these patients. Some patients had ruptured endometriotic cysts and ruptured ectopic pregnancies, though these occurrences were rare.

A related study identified poorer pregnancy outcomes among women diagnosed with endometriosis. These patients had a higher risk for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placenta displacement, peripartum hemorrhage, and preterm birth.

Another study published in February 2017 showed that women with endometriosis: “had a statistically significant increased risk for having preeclampsia (1.4 fold), severe preeclampsia (1.7 fold), hemorrhage in pregnancy (2.3-fold), placental abruption (2.0-fold), placenta previa (3.9-fold), premature rupture of membranes (1.7-fold), retained placenta (3.1-fold), and hemorrhage after 22 gestational weeks (2.3-fold). Analyses of neonatal complications showed significantly increased risks of preterm birth before 28 weeks (3.1-fold) and before 34 weeks (2.7-fold), being small for gestational age (1.5-fold), a low Apgar score (1.4-fold), a diagnosis of a malformation within the first year (1.3-fold), and neonatal death (1.8-fold) for infants born to women with endometriosis.”

The exact cause of endometriosis is not known. However, women carry a greater risk if they:

• have never given birth;
• started their period at an early age;
• went through menopause later than average;
• have short menstrual cycles (less than 27 days);
• have high estrogen levels;
• drink alcohol;
• have a low body mass index; or
• have close family members with endometriosis.

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month (with March 3-9 designated Endometriosis Awareness Week). While there is no cure for endometriosis, with appropriate care, its sufferers are able to mitigate symptoms and live quality lives. Many can have healthy pregnancies.

Redefining ‘special delivery’: Benefits of obstetrical emergency care units

By OBHG Marketing on March 2nd, 2018

From ReachMD with host Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG

Obstetrical emergency care units offer pregnant women highly-specialized emergency care as a better alternative to the traditional emergency room visit.  These units have been proven to increase patient satisfaction and improve emergency room wait time lengths. Where are they being utilized, and what are the barriers to implementing them nationwide?

Host Renée Allen talks with guests Dr. Brian Gilpin, national clinical director of operations for OB hospitalists at Mednax National Medical Group, and OBHG Founder Dr. Christopher Swain. They discuss the benefits and challenges of obstetrical emergency care units.

Listen to the podcast.

Leadership in Action: Dr. Deborah Bowers

By OBHG Marketing on February 27th, 2018

Many OBHG clinicians volunteer in leadership roles within their program hospitals, communities, or professional organizations. In the Leadership in Action series, our hospitalists share how they choose to serve others.

Dr. Deborah Bowers, team lead for one of our programs in Reston, Va., says that serving on hospital committees not only helps her connect with fellow physicians and hospital staff, but also allows her to help affect change in the facility.

Currently she is part of a group working to improve policy adherence within her hospital's health system. One location was scoring lower than others regarding compliance with system-wide Pitocin policies. (Pitocin is a prescription drug that can help induce labor.) Bowers volunteered with a collaborative group of 10 nurses, administrators, and physicians to address the issue through a performance improvement initiative. After six months serving with the group, she says the effort is making steady progress.

Bowers also recently joined a perinatal interdisciplinary committee that is examining the chorioamnionitis infection rate at the hospital. "We are pulling the NICU admissions to determine our chorioamnionitis rate and conduct an actual study," she says. The group hopes the study data will identify a trend and help them develop a plan to reduce the infection rate.

In addition, she is part of a committee developing a process to move the hospital's NICU from a 28-week Level III to a 26-week Level III.

'I think it's the right thing to do'

When asked why she participates, Bowers says, "I think it's the right thing to do. It's also a way to have a solid collegial relationship with the staff and private physicians in the community."

Serving is just part of her nature, says Bowers. "Before I wanted to be a hospitalist, I was always on one committee or another. For me it was not a big change to go back to that," she says. "It's nice to do some of the things that you would traditionally do as a department member that you don't always do as a hospitalist. It makes you feel like you are integral to the department."

Multiple benefits for clinician and community

Participating in a leadership role can increase the visibility of hospitalists and provide additional opportunities to work with the community doctors, says Bowers. "Part [of serving] is being well-known in the department and the community here. You are showing that you are committed...that you are there to see that things get better and to make a change."

Bowers says hospital leadership fully supports OBHG clinicians who want to join committees and get involved in quality improvement initiatives. "They're really happy to have you participate and show a vested interest in how the program is going to work out. It's a satisfier for the hospital and for me in that I have a stronger relationship with the nursing staff, administration, and private doctors," she says. "It's a collegial way to make a difference."

Dynamic Director of Hospital Operations: Kristen Fuentealba

By OBHG Marketing on February 23rd, 2018

Every day, OBHG's clinical and operational leadership teams support our hospitalists in their programs. The Medical Director of Operations, Regional Vice President of Operations, and Director of Hospital Operations work to help ensure that programs run smoothly and facilitate hospitalists' success. One leader of these leaders is Kristen Fuentealba, Director of Hospital Operations over Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The Director of Hospital Operations (DHO) works collaboratively with OBHG Medical Directors of Operations to oversee the operational management and oversight of OBHG's hospitalist programs. Our DHOs visit program locations and focus on establishing professional relationships with the hospitalist team, hospital C-suite executives, and other hospital department personnel. A DHO also develops relationships with community providers and specialty physicians. The Director of Hospital Operations reports to the Regional Vice President of Operations.
 

How long have you worked with OBHG and how have you seen the organization evolve?

I've been with OBHG a little over three years. I came from EmCare, an emergency medicine company, in a similar role in program implementation and management in the rural health division. When I came to OBHG three years ago, it was a small business that was growing in leaps and bounds. Since then it has grown tremendously: with the addition of a new CEO, CFO, and COO - the company has almost doubled since I came on board.

What lessons has working in your current field taught you?

Working in operations and with many facets of the industry, I've learned to be patient and flexible. Also, to be very goal-oriented and have structure in my day, week, and year-keeping certain goals in mind.

What is the most important way that you think you can support our clinicians on the ground?

They're the heart of the company and on the front lines. We're nothing if we don't have good physicians out there doing the actual work. I really value them and try to build a personal relationship with our clinicians, our MDOs, and Team Leads. Then to be accessible to them at all times; whether it's help with the schedule or another issue. I want our Team Leads, MDOs, and clinician teams to feel like they can pick up the phone and call me anytime. And if I can't help them, I can connect them with someone who can help.

As operators, we've been encouraged to have more involvement with the teams and Team Leads. I feel like we're becoming more of the main point of contact for them and that's a good thing because we not only represent OBHG, but we also work closely on the hospital side with administration, management, nurses-from program implementation all the way through managing. I can assist with day-to-day issues and management strategies or help work out a problem involving recruiting or contract negotiations.

What do you see on the horizon for our hospital partners as goals for the hospitalist program?

I think that hospitalists in general are becoming an important part of primary care. We're the leading company in the OB Hospitalist industry and in the forefront of OB care. Our hospitals are coming to us to help them solve the problems that are national: shortage of OBs in the area, immediate care for mothers and babies, and saving the lives of moms and babies.

It's amazing to hear the stories about how our clinicians make an impact on patients who show up because patients are immediately seen by a Board-Certified OB/GYN. I feel like we're just scratching the surface in specializing in OB Hospitalist care; branching out into different programs like federally qualified health clinics and supporting Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists.

How have you seen our clinicians address evolving needs?

Our physicians are really good at assessing the hospital's needs and customizing our programs accordingly. Our Medical Directors are excellent at this and leading our Team Leads in doing this. They are leaders with a can-do attitude. I think we're really good at meeting hospital needs.

What do you love the most about what you do?
I love the big picture. I love that we are elevating the standard of women's [and babies'] healthcare. As the mom of two girls, it makes me feel secure that we have a program in my hometown. I'm thankful to be a part of an organization that has such a wonderful mission statement.

In day-to-day activity, I love to problem-solve with other people to help reach our company goals, have good outcomes for our programs, and help the hospitals reach their goals for their OB department.

What is a challenge for you in your work?

What is a challenge is also what I love about the job: working with many different people and a variety of departments. Because I work with so many different people and different departments, it's sometimes like spinning plates. That's the challenge: keeping the plates spinning.

Tell us about your background and family.

I was born in Pensacola, Florida, and live in a bedroom community where I went to school from kindergarten to high school. We have two daughters, Adriana and Antonia, and have been married to Marco for 24 years. One daughter is a sophomore in college and the other a senior in high school. I'm the oldest of eight kids. I love raising my kids in the community that I grew up in and we're close to the beach, so that doesn't hurt, either.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy fitness and am a former spin and aerobics instructor. I love to run, too, and have run several half-marathons.

What would be your second career?

I love the outdoors and I like planting and gardening, so I'd probably be a landscaper.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I lived in Hawaii for a short time.

MDO on the move: Dr. Charles Rollison

By OBHG Marketing on February 20th, 2018

Every day, Ob Hospitalist Group's clinical and operational leadership teams support our clinicians in their programs. The medical director of operations, regional vice president of operations, and director of hospital operations work to help ensure that programs run smoothly and facilitate hospitalists' success. Dr. Charles Rollison is an MDO for the OBHG region that includes Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

He focuses on clinical operations, including clinical leadership, hospital relationships, new program starts, clinical strategic leadership, and business development support. Our MDOs help ensure the clinical teams are delivering quality programs that achieve both OBHG's and the hospital's clinical and operational objectives.

How long have you worked with OBHG and how have you seen the organization evolve?

I joined OBHG in September 2013 as a hospitalist after 15 years in a general OB/GYN practice, and was selected for the MDO position after being with the company for six months. I've witnessed expansive growth in the number of physicians, programs and support staff in the time I've been with OBHG.

What lessons has working in your current field taught you?

I'm always reminded that the most important things in this, and any role, are transparency, honesty, and clear communication.

What do you see on the horizon in the field of OB/GYN or hospitalist medicine?

I believe there will continue to be a rapid expansion of OB hospitalist programs across the nation, much as there was for internal medicine hospitalists not all that long ago.

What are the important ways that you think you can support our clinicians on the ground?

We select quality physicians for our teams, and give them a fair amount of autonomy to run the programs. They're the best individuals to tell us what will and won't work at their hospitals.

I think it's important to be accessible, a good listener, and to respond promptly when help is needed. Specifically, I can help clinicians address relationships, either with their team or community physicians. I can also help with professional development and offer guidance when hospitalists want to advance within the company.

How we manage the team, address issues, and demonstrate that we want to provide people feedback speaks a lot to the longevity of the programs and the longevity of the clinicians themselves.

What do you love the most about what you do?

I really enjoy building new relationships with our physicians and team leads. It's very rewarding to watch them become better leaders and better hospitalists. I also really enjoy new programs and start-ups where we build and implement a program from start to finish. It's very rewarding to watch it all come together as we pick the team, build the program, suit it to the hospital, and launch on the first day.

Tell us about your background and your family.

I grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. I went to medical school and completed my residency at Michigan State University. After graduation I spent three years active duty as a staff OB/GYN at Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina. After leaving the Navy, I practiced general OB/GYN in Indiana and Michigan for 15 years. I also completed a master's degree in Health Administration in 2014. My wife, June, is a maternal-fetal medicine physician. I have a son, Noah, who is 16 and daughter, Lauren, who is 13.  

What are your hobbies outside of work?

We have a cabin in northern Michigan, and spend as much free time as we can there year round. We enjoy being on the water, whether boating, skiing, or fishing. In the winter months we do a lot of snowmobiling as Michigan has almost 6,0000 miles of groomed trails and we can ride right from our door. Travel is also a family favorite; our next destination is Paris.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I've always wanted to be a physician. That's all I ever wanted to do.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I was a state champion baseball player my senior year in high school. No one would look at me now and think that!

Decreasing cesareans: VBAC and patient empowerment

By OBHG Marketing on February 16th, 2018

According to OBHG's Dr. Jane van Dis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) attempts can reduce medically unnecessary C-sections. This week, Contemporary OB/GYN published an article by Dr. van Dis, who serves as OBHG's Medical Director for Business Development and an OB hopsitalist in Bakersfield, CA. 

"The VBAC attempt rate is only about 9%, even though the overall success rate for women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean delivery is estimated at 60% to 80%. We can do better," she writes.

Read full article.

40,000 infants born with congenital heart defects every year

By OBHG Marketing on February 13th, 2018

For most people, the very notion of having heart surgery performed on their newborn is terrifying. In fact, a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that parents whose children have undergone cardiac surgery had an elevated risk for trauma, depression, and psychological distress. Even though outcomes from infant heart surgery have improved over the past decades, the prospect nonetheless induces anxiety.

According to the JAHA review, approximately 30% of parents exhibited symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 80% had clinical symptoms of trauma and emotional distress, and up to 50% experienced depression or anxiety. The study’s authors suggested that parents of infants with congenital heart defects requiring surgery could benefit from referral to mental health resources and emotional support systems.

An estimated 40,000 babies are diagnosed with congenital heart defects (CHDs) every year, with about 1 in 4 (25%) being serious. These defects involve structural problems in the heart that are present at birth. CHDs are the most common form of birth defect. They can range from simple defects that require only monitoring to life-threatening conditions necessitating open-heart surgery. The good news is that, with advances in medicine, the vast majority of children born with complex heart defects survive to adulthood and enjoy normal, active lives.

Every newborn in the United States is tested for heart defects within the first 24 hours of life. The screening — called pulse oximetry — is painless and involves placing a sensor on the baby’s skin, usually the foot. The sensor measures oxygen levels in the baby’s blood and can detect problems early. There are at least 18 specifically identified types of CHDs. Most have no known cause and are presumed to be genetic. Those infants diagnosed with serious CHDs are referred to a pediatric cardiologist for further treatment and/or surgery.

February is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness (CHDA) Month, with February 7-14 observed as CHDA Week. In 2014, the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation teamed up to launch the Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program in which volunteers around the country knit tiny red hats for babies born in February and distribute them to participating hospitals in more than 40 states. The program continues to grow today, encouraging mothers and children across the nation to live heart-healthy lives.

OBHG announces first program in Connecticut

By OBHG Marketing on February 9th, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group is pleased to announce that we are entering into the Connecticut market! We are excited to be partnering with a facility in Waterbury to develop a brand new hospitalist program.

The hospital is an acute care and surgical facility that handles more than 1,000 deliveries each year. It is home to a level III neonatal intensive care unit, 25 labor and delivery beds, and maternal-fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies.

As for the local area, Waterbury is the ninth-largest city in New England and part of the Central Naugatuck Valley Region. It's an easily commutable distance from several cities in New York such as Poughkeepsie and Yonkers.

The town boasts the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, several museums and theaters, two amusement parks, an artisan marketplace and a charming downtown. Residents also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as golf, hiking, biking and running at Mattatuck State Forest or one of Waterbury's many parks.

OBHG hospitalists enjoy full-time positions with competive compensation, benefits, paid medical malpractice insurance with tail, unparalleled physician support, and true work/life balance.

Leadership and advancement opportunities are available - along with predictable schedules, fewer shifts, and minimal administrative burdens.

If you are interested in exploring our new Connecticut openings or would like to apply, please contact our Senior Clinical Recruiter Liz Selfridge for more information.

Why choose OBHG over an in-house option?

By OBHG Marketing on February 6th, 2018

Today, hospitals face more issues and challenges than ever before. Certification and scope of practice are key issues. But even greater is the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The more the industry tries to rein in costs and streamline care, the bigger role hospitalists play. Hospitalists address a wide range of issues from efficiency of care, pay-for-performance measures and increasing patient capacity, to quality incentives and quality improvement in patient safety and care.

There’s a general consensus that hospital medicine is in an excellent position to make a difference. As the industry’s leading provider of 24/7 in-house OB/GYN hospitalist programs, Ob Hospitalist Group partners with over 130 hospitals across the nation. They see the program as an investment in their women’s healthcare line and the cornerstone of their patient safety and business development efforts.

Our vast experience has taught us that while each hospital is unique, many hospitals share the following objectives:

  • Improve patient safety and satisfaction through the immediate availability of specialists in the management of high-risk obstetric encounters and emergencies.
  • Prevent the loss of physicians and delivery volume (knowing that a loss of obstetric volume will most likely be associated with a loss in elective surgery volume).
  • Retain transports (which increase patient satisfaction and revenue).
  • Increase market share by reaching out to physicians who are splitting deliveries with their competition or who are exclusive with their competition.
  • Increase market share by reaching out to family practitioners, mid-level providers and clinics.
  • Grow their high-risk service and become known as the leader in obstetrics for their market.
  • Foster the relationship with obstetric patients so that they choose the hospital for their other healthcare needs (and those of their families).

Many of these hospitals considered an in-house solution or attempted to implement their own program before asking us to develop a program for them. Some of the challenges they faced are as follows:

  • Availability of physicians/timeliness of implementation: Recruiting and vetting physicians can be challenging, and many hospitals or local companies simply do not have the ability to recruit, train and retain top-quality physicians throughout the life of the program. Hospital-developed programs falter when they are unable to backfill positions when physicians move on. OBHG can guarantee physician availability throughout the life of the program due to our large network from which we use to place physicians.
  • Private physician partnerships: A hospitalist program will not be successful if local physicians do not support it. Hospital-developed programs faltered because the local physicians did not trust the physicians that were brought on board (either due to competitive considerations or concerns about their clinical expertise). OBHG enjoys a reputation for providing highly-skilled, board- certified physicians to whom private physicians are willing to entrust their patients. 
  • Blurred line of roles/responsibilities: Some hospitals that have attempted to develop their own programs employ hospitalists that are also serving as private physicians and as obstetric hospitalists. There are multiple billing/revenue implications of this blurred role, and it has a negative impact on patient safety. 
  • Inadequate management/oversight: Several of our current hospital partners initially tried to develop hospitalist programs in-house but eventually asked us to develop a customized program for them in order to leverage our expertise concerning the clinical and financial management of an obstetric hospitalist program. We have a support staff of over 200 people who focus on billing and coding compliance, data analytics, business development, patient safety/risk management and hospital/physician relations. Furthermore, we take the best practices we see throughout our network and constantly strive to make our programs better. Lastly, we constantly report metrics that track the clinical and financial health of each program so that the hospital is aware of its impact. 
  • Obstetric emergency department coding, billing and compliance: We have encountered several hospitals that attempted to develop their own program or utilize a local company that has not been compliant and has paid the price. OBED billing and compliance, as well as Obstetrical Service Agreements, can be nuanced, and our team makes sure that hospitals are compliant and billing correctly.

Many of our current hospital partners approached us when they realized that they did not have the time or resources to develop an effective program. In some cases, the decision has been driven by physicians, and in others the decision to reach out to us has been precipitated by an adverse event. Wherever you are in this process, OBHG is eager to help you implement a hospitalist program customized to meet your specific needs and goals.

We invite you to discover more about OBHG and the advantages that our customized programs deliver to our partner hospitals, physicians and patients. Or contact an OBHG representative today via Programs@OBHG.com or 800.967.2289.

Leadership in Action: Dr. Becky Graham

By OBHG Marketing on February 2nd, 2018

OB hospitalist Dr. Graham andMany OBHG clinicians volunteer in leadership roles within their program hospitals, communities or professional organizations. In the Leadership in Action series, OBHG hospitalists share how they choose to serve others.

Dr. Becky Graham cares about education. The Tyler, TX hospitalist has served on multiple professional committees over the years, and was recently named co-chair of the 2018 American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) Fall Conference.

Former teacher Graham says she contributes her time to the ACOOG CME committees because she is a dedicated educator. In addition to her medical degree, she holds a master’s degree in Special Education and a B.A. in Music.

Lifelong learning

“Education is important to me and important in our specialties,” says Graham. “We have to be up to date on the latest research so we don’t have clinicians who become out of date with their practice habits and unknowingly harm people."

When she first started, Graham worked with physicians who hadn’t read a journal in 20 years. "It was very apparent in the things that they did,” she says.

"When I became a fellow in our college, one of the first things I did was volunteer because I didn’t want to be one of those doctors." 

Making connections

In 2018, Graham will co-chair the ACOOG fall conference alongside fellow Texas OB/GYN Dr. Joseph Bottalico. She will schedule speakers and select session topics, including gynecology, obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, and ethics.
She had previously served on the ACOOG bylaws committee and is serving on the CME committee this year.

In addition, nearly a decade ago she co-founded a successful networking/social event for her alma mater’s OB residents who were attending ACOOG.

The event has grown in scope each year and medical students are now able to take part as well.

Elevating care for all

Graham followed her passion for education in serving on the CME committee and encourages other hospitalists to participate in committees or other leadership roles.

“The more input we [hospitalists] have on the local level, the more people understand,” says Graham.

“It increases your ‘street cred.' When you participate, your hospital colleagues know you really want to be a team player. And you want to help make their hospital the best it can be, not just your program. It’s about trying to elevate care all the way around."

Photo: Dr. Graham with colleagues--Back row: Dr. Nanci Bucy, Dr. Edie Rogers, and Dr. Becky Graham; front row: Dr. Rob Pearl and Dr. Gina Dietrich 

Ovarian cysts: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

By OBHG Marketing on January 30th, 2018

Earlier this month, University of North Carolina Health Care interviewed OBHG hospitalist Dr. James Hardy on the topic of ovarian cysts. "Most ovarian cysts are harmless and cause no pain. They go away on their own, and you never even knew they existed. But sometimes ovarian cysts can be more serious and require medical attention." Dr. Hardy is the team lead at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. 

Read full interview.

California OBHG hospital partners make 2017 C-section honor roll

By OBHG Marketing on January 26th, 2018

Earlier this month, the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) and Smart Care California released their 2017 C-section honor roll, recognizing hospitals that met or surpassed a 23.9 percent C-section birth rate for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. OBHG is proud that 11 of our 18 California hospital partners made the honor roll, and all but one made the list for two consecutive years. The full honor roll lists 111 hospitals, accounting for 45 percent of California's 242 hospitals that offer maternity services.

Here are our partner hospitals that made the C-section honor roll:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
  • Dominican Hospital
  • El Camino Hospital Los Gatos
  • Rancho Springs Medical Center
  • Redlands Community Hospital
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • Sharp Grossmont Hospital
  • St. Bernardine Medical Center
  • St. Mary Medical Center

OBHG understands the risks associated with C-section deliveries, and having our hospitalists in-house 24/7 can help increase the level of care while driving down the C-section rate in several ways, including:

  • Our hospitalists support local physicians with laboring patients, no matter how long it may take.
  • OBHG hospitalists work solely in hospitals; therefore, they have specialized expertise in labor and delivery and high-risk situations.
  • Our experienced OB/GYN hospitalists developed a new C-section reduction toolkit to standardize our approach to C-section deliveries across our 130+ hospital programs.

Read press release

See full honor roll

OBHG’s Dr. Mark Simon quoted in Parents Magazine article on flu vaccines

By OBHG Marketing on January 24th, 2018

Should you still get a flu shot? Experts say it's not too late

Parents are understandably freaking out about the severity of this year's flu, which has so far killed 30 children, according to the CDC. For the first time, the entire country except Hawaii and DC is reporting widespread flu, with many cases from a particularly nasty strain called H3N2. The first question on every parent's mind is, "What can I do to keep my child from catching it?"

Read full article.

OBHG employee delivers first child at OBHG partner hospital St. Francis Eastside

By OBHG Marketing on January 23rd, 2018

It's not every day that an Ob Hospitalist Group employee can give a firsthand testimonial about the care she received from one of our OB hospitalists. Well, November 14, 2017 was the day when Katie Geiss, OBHG Human Resources Business Partner, and her husband Tom welcomed their first child. Unlike other moms-to-be, Katie was fortunate enough to have the inside connection, and she visited St. Francis Eastside in Greenville, SC, to meet OBHG hospitalists Dr. Maridee Spearman and Dr. John Nordeen a couple weeks before her delivery.

At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, on the night of November 13, Katie started feeling contractions but wasn't sure if she was in labor. After waiting about three hours, Katie and Tom finally decided to head to St. Francis Eastside around 1:30 a.m. OBHG hospitalist Dr. Ann Gorman came in and examined Katie, discovering that she was already dilated six centimeters.

"Since I was already six centimeters, they admitted me right away because they thought the baby was going to be coming really quickly," said Katie.

Dr. Spearman, who also acts as team lead for the St. Francis Eastside program, was on shift November 14. She monitored Katie throughout her labor and collaborated closely with Katie's OB/GYN to ensure a successful delivery. 

"As soon as Dr. Spearman arrived for her shift, she must have seen my name on the list, because she came in right away to see how I was doing," said Katie. "Not only that, she was with me for the entire process."

Although Katie was pretty far along when she arrived at the hospital, her labor didn't progress.

"Dr. Spearman and a nurse kept coming in to check if I was progressing while they consulted with my doctor," said Katie. "It comforted me to know that there wasn't just a nurse there."

After Katie pushed for a long time, her OB/GYN arrived at the hospital and both doctors agreed that it was best to perform a C-section. 

"Before my private physician arrived, Dr. Spearman was with me the entire time," said Katie. "She was so sweet and even brought my husband coffee. She was trying to make us feel as relaxed as possible, and her confidence really assured me that I was going to be okay."

Katie feels that her delivery was successful due to the smooth collaboration and communication between her private physician and Dr. Spearman.

"I knew I was in really good hands with two very experienced doctors."

Thomas James Geiss was born at about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Katie stayed at St. Francis Eastside until Friday to recover from her C-section. When Dr. Spearman came back on shift that day, she checked on Katie and Thomas before they were discharged from the hospital.

Thanks to OBHG's staff of caring and experienced clinicians, Katie's story is just one of many happy endings that occur at OBHG programs across the country. Congratulations to Katie and Tom!

Dr. Mark Simon publishes flu shot article on STAT News

By OBHG Marketing on January 18th, 2018

Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in December that only about one-third of pregnant women are getting flu shots. A startling 64 percent of pregnant women had not been vaccinated against the flu, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

OBHG Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Simon wrote an article for national industry site STAT News addressing the alarming number of pregnant women choosing to forgo the influenza shot.

Read the full article

New year, new career: Top 5 reasons to become an OB hospitalist

By OBHG Marketing on January 16th, 2018

A brand new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and contemplate changes you'd like to make. If you've been curious about the benefits of hospitalist medicine, read on!

1) You can leave burnout behind

Is it time to get a life? If you’re currently in private practice, a switch to hospitalist medicine means leaving weighty administrative burdens behind, along with worries about liability and the financial stress that comes with running a business.

OB/GYNs who maintain crazy work hours and feel that they are being pulled in a million directions at once often suffer from burnout. If your batteries are running low, OBHG hospitalist Dr. Nahille Natour feels your pain. She’s written about her own experience with burnout for industry site Fierce Healthcare, and now she helps other physicians restore balance in their lives.

Aside from exhaustion or burnout, one of the most common reasons doctors consider a move to hospitalist work is the chance for more quality time with family. If your spouse, children or friends have practically forgotten what you look like, it may be time to consider a change!

2) There are lots of opportunities to develop your leadership chops

Becoming a hospitalist does not mean giving up autonomy or influence. Many OBHG positions offer opportunities for advancement within the company, and our physicians often serve on committees at their hospitals, join community non-profit boards, or take on new roles for professional associations like SOGH or ACOOG.

Or maybe your idea of leadership involves sharing your knowledge and molding young minds?

Some of our physicians are able to introduce rotating medical students to the OB/GYN field, work closely with residents learning the ropes, or apply for faculty appointments at affiliate medical schools. If you’re interested in participating in education, let your recruiter know so the two of you can determine which program would be the best fit.

3) Your role helps improve patient safety for pregnant women

Our founder, Dr. Chris Swain, created the original comprehensive OB/GYN hospitalist model to ensure that every pregnant woman who presented to the hospital would be seen by an experienced obstetrician.

Our hospitalists are on hand 24-7 to triage patients, support nurses and residents, and handle any obstetrical emergency that comes through the door.

While our clinicians are often able to rediscover joy in their personal lives, they are also able to lighten the load for private practice physicians, who can decide on a case-by-case basis how they wish to utilize hospitalist services. OBHG senior director of medical operations Dr. Charles Jaynes recently published an article on KevinMD explaining how effective collaboration among hospitalists and attending OBs can significantly improve patient safety.

And Dr. Todd Bashuk, team lead at one of our hospital programs in Arkansas, talked with us about how he's seen his obstetric emergency department reduce liability concerns for the hospital and enhance the standard of care for patients - especially those who are most at risk.

4) You’ll enjoy a large and diverse network of support

OBHG offers an array of physician resources – for continuing education, clinical and social discussions, and peer-to-peer networking.

Our custom community site, OB Exchange, is accessible only to our clinicians. Blog posts about what fellow hospitalists are up to, new perks, an active forum, handy administrative information and more - all included in one convenient online space.

More than 600 highly skilled OB/GYNs have already chosen OBHG as their employer, and we are adding new programs and positions all the time! You can get to know some our hospitalists by perusing the personal stories they've shared.

5) You’ll have time to explore your non-work passions

It’s been said that medicine is an art and a science, which explains why many physicians have a wonderfully creative side. Whether you’re thinking of finally starting the blog you’ve been contemplating for years, taking up the guitar again, learning Irish folk dancing, or creating your own artisan jewelry – as a hospitalist your schedule will allow you to revisit those interests that have been lying dormant since college.

OBHG tends to attract service-minded OBs, so it’s no surprise that a number of our doctors choose to join mission trips or help out in local clinics during their off hours.

Hospitalist Dr. Lisbeth Jordan, for example, recently traveled to Brazil to help educate and empower teenage girls.

If you’re driven to improve health and health care for underserved patients and vulnerable populations close to home or across the globe, hospitalist medicine can give you the best of both worlds – a rewarding full or part-time career and the freedom to explore altruistic endeavors.


Our friendly clinical recruiters are always interested in talking with experienced OB/GYNs and certified nurse-midwives about what the OBHG team has to offer. We encourage you to contact your recruiter today!

American Health Council welcomes OBHG certified nurse midwife to nursing board

By OBHG Marketing on January 12th, 2018

We are proud to announce that OBHG Certified Nurse Midwife Christina Kopingon, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been appointed to the American Health Council's Board of Nurses. Kopingon serves as Midwife Team Lead at our OB hospitalist program at Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, FL. Congratulations, Christina!

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Folic acid should be priority for all women of childbearing age

By OBHG Marketing on January 9th, 2018

Over the past couple years, the Zika virus has stolen the spotlight from other concerns that newly pregnant women may have. As they worry that Zika infection can increase their risk for bearing a child with birth defects such as microcephaly, they may be interested to know that a certain dietary deficiency also can elevate the risk for birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs).

That critical preventive nutrient is vitamin B-9 or folic acid.

The body needs folic acid every day to support new cell development. However, it becomes even more critical for pregnant women, because they are experiencing accelerated cell growth. Folic acid is found naturally in foods such as dark, leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, citrus fruits, and even broccoli or asparagus. However many Americans do not consume enough of these foods, and more than half of natural folic acid is destroyed by cooking. Because folic acid is water soluble, the body uses it quickly and it needs to be replenished every day. That’s why folic acid is widely available as a dietary supplement. In fact, as a public health precaution, our government requires that cereal and other grain products be fortified with folic acid.

About 3,000 babies are born with NTDs every year in the United States. NTDs generally develop in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, before a woman may even realize she is pregnant. That’s why all healthy women aged 15-45 years old already should be taking folic acid daily to prevent NTDs in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Physicians recommend that women take a daily multivitamin that contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid. Pregnant women should increase their daily folic acid to at least 800 mcg. Most prenatal vitamins should contain between 800 and 1,000 mcg of folic acid. Don’t exceed 1,000 mcg unless your OB/GYN orders it.

January 7-13 is Folic Acid Awareness Week. The best (and most simple) treatment of NTDs is prevention. Women should read the label on their multivitamins. If they don’t have 400 mcg of folic acid, they should ask their healthcare provider to recommend a supplement.

Collaboration with hospitalists, rather than competition, improves patient care

By OBHG Marketing on January 5th, 2018

On December 31, 2017, KevinMD.com featured an editorial from OBHG hospitalist and Senior Director of Medical Operations Dr. Charles Jaynes. In the article, Jaynes, a 34-year private OB/GYN veteran, writes why he supports hospitalist medicine while presenting perspectives from hospital leadership, patients, and private physicians alike. 

"Far from being competitors, we are first responders who optimize the safety net by providing emergent care until the primary provider is in place and knows the story," he writes. 

Read full article.

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OBHG hospitalist quoted in NBC News article on delivery room disparities

By OBHG Marketing on January 3rd, 2018

Recently, Dr. Karen Scott, OB hospitalist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, CA, was quoted in an NBC News feature article titled "The elephant in the delivery room: How doctor bias hurts brown and black mothers." The story focuses on the poor treatment minority women report experiencing in the delivery room due to ethnicity, cultural background, or language.

In one of her quotes, Dr. Scott says: "African Americans in the highest socioeconomic group experience the same or higher rates of infant mortality, low birthweight, and high blood pressure and excess weight during pregnancy in comparison with white women in the lowest socioeconomic statuses."

Read full article.

OBHG Medical Director of Operations sharpens leadership skills for enhanced partnership

By OBHG Marketing on January 2nd, 2018

Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) physicians and leaders are always striving to become better at what they do, hungry for professional development opportunities. OBHG Medical Director of Operations (MDO) and OB/GYN Dr. Donald Toatley is no exception. Toatley lives outside of Phoenix, AZ and has served as MDO since October 2016. He also acts as team lead for our OB hospitalist programs at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center

In October 2017, Toatley completed the first four-day session for his leadership certification with the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Leadership Academy. Toatley estimated that about 300 hospital medicine professionals, including physicians, advanced care providers, hospital medicine leaders, and practice administrators, were in attendance at the 2017 session in Scottsdale, AZ. Leadership Academy students must complete three sessions over the course of three years to obtain the certification that focuses on “overcoming leadership challenges, effectively advocating for a hospitalist program, conflict management, improving patient outcomes, and more.” Toatley is just beginning his certification program whereas two OBHG MDOs, Dr. Susie Wilson and Dr. Sue Smith, recently completed their certifications. SHM brings in industry experts, such as chief quality officers, academics, population health specialists, and patient experience experts, to teach the sessions.

“The Leadership Academy gives you perspective and helps you to understand your hospital partner and their challenges,” said Toatley. “Often, we don’t think like that. We want to truly meet the end need and optimize the throughput so our hospital partners have an effective and efficient work process and we want to ensure that we are delivering our overarching objective – to provide quality, safe care.”

As medical director of operations, Toatley must be knowledgeable in both clinical and administrative sides of the organization.

“You must take off your provider hat and start speaking the language of a hospital administrator or those focused on operations and quality improvement, which is very different from our clinical language,” he said.

He also believes that the Leadership Academy has helped him to think more critically about how OBHG aligns our mission, vision, and values to deliver our promise to our business partners – to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare.

“I’ve learned to really appreciate our stakeholders and understand their drivers while considering how OBHG, as part of this team, can work together to put the patient at the center.”

Seminar attendees took the DiSC® profile assessment to gain insight into their own personalities as well as gain a better appreciation and understanding of how different personalities interact and negotiate. Toatley says he will be able to better communicate with hospital leaders during business development discussions to understand their drivers – reduce cost, improve quality, and mange patient experience.

Toatley plans to take what he has learned thus far at the Leadership Academy and disseminate it to his hospitalist teams. He hopes to reinforce a culture of safety where there is no “shame and blame” but rather a “mend and blend” mindset when it comes to learning from and minimizing errors.

OBHG leaders are not simply leaders in title. Like Toatley, OBHG leaders take it upon themselves to exemplify principled leadership among business partners and OBHG employees every day. It is this level of dedication and passion that sets OBHG apart.

OBHG clinicians named to SOGH board

By OBHG Marketing on December 29th, 2017

The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) elected new officers and board members at its Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans this September. Among the new members are two OBHG clinicians, Dr. Jane van Dis and Dr. Stacy Norton. SOGH highlighted the board in its recent year-end message.

“The Society is energized by this tremendous group of volunteers and for their commitment to serve,” said SOGH officials.

"This is such an exciting time to serve on the SOGH Board of Directors," said van Dis. "We have the opportunity to define what our core competencies will look like, and what the growth of our profession will look like over the next few years. It is truly an honor and a privilege."

van Dis served as the 2017 SOGH Annual Clinical Meeting co-chair, and is also a member of the SOGH Development Committee and Finance and Administration Committee.

“I am honored and very excited to serve on the SOGH board. In addition, as co-chair of the 2017-18 Simulation Committee, I’m also excited to help implement simulations in more hospitals with hospitalist programs,” said Dr. Stacy Norton. As Simulation Committee co-chair she will help coordinate course offerings for the Annual Clinical Meeting and write about clinical simulations for the SOGH newsletter.

van Dis and Norton aren't the only OBHG hospitalists who will be guiding the organization next year - future team lead Dr. Robert Fagnant will provide historical knowledge and advice as a member of the Advisory Council.

SOGH Officers & Board

Tanner Colegrove, President
Northwestern Medical Group - Lake Forest, IL

Catherine S. Stika, President-Elect
Northwestern Medical Group - Chicago, IL

Arthur Townsend, Treasurer
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare - Memphis, TN

Shefali Ghandi-List, Secretary
West Valley Women’s Care - Phoenix, AZ

Meredith Morgan, Past President
Women's Hospital - Houston, TX

Jennifer R. Butler
UC Irvine Medical Center - Irvine, CA

Brendan Carroll
Providence Portland - Portland, OR

Stacy Norton
OBHG Hospitalist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital – The Woodlands, TX

Kim Puterbaugh
Fairview Hospital - Cleveland, OH

Dayna Smith
Piedmont Fayette Hospital - Fayetteville, GA

Brook Allen Thomson
Children’s Hospital of San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Vanessa Torbenson
Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN

Jane Van Dis
OBHG Hospitalist, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital - Bakersfield, CA

Ngozi Wexler
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center - Olney, MD

OBHG partner, Covenant Children’s Hospital, featured in news

By OBHG Marketing on December 27th, 2017

Covenant Children's Hospital, an OBHG partner in Lubbock, TX, was recently featured in the news for the development of their new obstetric emergency department. 

"Sometimes you'll go to a regular emergency department, and the nurses and physicians are not always accustomed to caring for a pregnant mother, so we really feel like they get expert care if they come to an OBED," said Marybeth Murphey, director of business development at Covenant.

We are pleased to have such a strong partnership with Covenant Children's and hope that an OBHG presence will have a significant impact on the area's pregnant women and their babies!

Full story.

New OBHG program: Ocean Medical Center

By OBHG Marketing on December 26th, 2017

Ob Hospitalist Group is proud to announce the launch of our latest hospitalist program at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. earlier this month. Ocean Medical Center is part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system and is a 281-bed community hospital. Our partnership is beginning as a part-time triage and will transition to a Type A obstetric emergency department in early 2018.

Team members (pictured left to right) include Team Lead Dr. Fred Nichols, Dr. Susan Passarella, and Dr. Robert O'Donnell (not pictured: Dr. Andrew Farkas). We are looking forward to collaborating with Ocean Medical Center to serve the area’s pregnant women!

OBHG hospitalist accepted into AOA Health Policy Fellowship program

By OBHG Marketing on December 22nd, 2017

Dr. Deanah Jibril, Ob Hospitalist Group Team Lead at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler in Texas, is now lending her voice to help guide U.S. health policy. She was recently accepted into the prestigious American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship program.

Jibril is one of 11 participants selected from about 100 applicants nationwide for the year-long leadership training program that is also directed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The course is designed for practicing or teaching osteopathic physicians and other osteopathic medical educators who are preparing for professional leadership roles and positions of influence in health and higher education policy, according to AOA.

The Health Policy Fellows attend an intensive, five-day academic orientation before entering a regimen of nine, three-day seminars on crucial policy issues at the local, state, and federal level. The program has trained more than 240 fellows since its founding in 1994.

Beyond a practicing OB/GYN

Fellows are chosen based on their scope of practice and experience so they are able to effectively represent the profession, said Jibril. “Having worked with OBHG was part of why I was chosen, I think, along with teaching at the medical school and working in private practice for a long time,” she added.

Jibril is President of Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) District 5, an alternate delegate for TOMA House of Delegates, and a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Texas at Tyler and Adjunct Faculty in OB/GYN at University of North Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas at Galveston and Touro University, and OMM at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio

Jibril recently returned from a week in Washington, D.C., where she met with various groups touching healthcare. She also began to learn about position presentation methods and objectivity, she said.

“We learn to create policy briefs that are timely and to be a resource for legislators on the local, state, and national level,” said Jibril. Fellows also learn how the executive and legislative branches of state government interact to effect health policy and how medical professionals can influence and share health policy at the local, state, and federal levels, according to AOA.

At the conclusion of the fellowship, participants become members of a resource team that can be called upon to present or help form an opinion to present to a legislative body.

An added focus in health policy

Jibril said her areas of expertise will likely influence future presentations, “Moving forward I will probably be selected to present on healthcare and economics. I have an MBA, so I will be able to present real numbers to go along with the position statements.”

“The need in healthcare will be great over the next five years, it is predicted to be a tumultuous time,” she added.

Before the fellowship group meets again, Jibril will read nearly 10 articles and continue writing a position statement, not to mention delving into a new textbook on the American healthcare system. “We must write position statements, which is not always a doctor thing. I write quite a bit anyway, so it was a logical next step,” said Jibril. “I always like to stay busy and I needed another challenge.”

Making a difference as an OBHG hospitalist and beyond

In both practice and policy, Jibril said she feels like she is continuing to make a difference. “I am pleased to have a seat at the table in representing healthcare,” said Jibril. “OBHG’s mission of elevating the standard of women’s healthcare is working to do good in every single community,” she added.

Her experience has allowed her to take advantage of the fellowship opportunity, said Jibril. “And I’m thankful to OBHG for providing a diverse experience--I really enjoy taking care of people,” she said. 


Check out the rest of the fellows for 2017-18.

OBHG partner OB emergency department featured in news

By OBHG Marketing on December 20th, 2017

Ob Hospitalist Group partner, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC, was recently featured in an article on UpstateParent.com about their OB emergency department. 

“A patient having a problem with her pregnancy, instead of going to an emergency room where she would have to wait a long time, they can be in and out much quicker and be seen,” Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Maternal-Fetal Specialist Phil Grieg said. “They don’t have to wait. Not having to go through a general emergency room, they go straight up the elevator and can be seen immediately.”

We appreciate our partnership with Bon Secours St. Francis as we collaboratively elevate the standard of women's healthcare! 

Read full article.

Syphilis on the Rise in California

By OBHG Marketing on December 18th, 2017

By: Jane Van Dis, MD, FACOG, OBHG Medical Director for Business Development
This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of the ACOG District IX newsletter.

“Health care providers should have syphilis on their radar and ensure that all pregnant women are tested at the first prenatal visit. Pregnant women with risk factors for syphilis, sporadic prenatal care, drug use, and those living in areas with high syphilis morbidity (particularly in central California) should be tested again for syphilis early in the third trimester and at delivery.”  —Heidi Bauer, MD, CDPH, STD Control Branch Chief

The syphilis crisis in California continues to grow. Ob-gyns are often the first line for women seeking health care and therefore play a key role in education and treatment. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea rates are at a 25-year high in California. The state now has the third highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and the second highest rate of congenital syphilis nationwide. The following eight counties in California have the highest risk of syphilis infection:

  • Fresno
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Joaquin
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare

In these high-prevalence areas, it is recommended that ob-gyns screen, not only in the first trimester or at the initiation of prenatal care, but additionally, early in the third trimester (28-32 weeks) and again at delivery. Also, any woman who presents with a fetal death after 20 weeks’ gestation should be tested for syphilis. Public health officials in California recommend that no mother or neonate should leave the hospital without documented maternal syphilis status.

Visit the CDPH website to find more information for providers and patients.

Taking a risk to better manage OB risk

By OBHG Marketing on December 15th, 2017

Medical malpractice liability is a persistent concern in healthcare. Nationally, costs related to malpractice liability top roughly $150 billion annually,  and one of the most significant risk areas is in obstetrics. 

Ob Hospitalist Group's Heather Moore, Director of Risk Management, Quality, and Compliance, recently wrote a piece for Becker's Hospital Review detailing how hospitals can reduce OB liability. 

Read full article.

New OBHG program: United Regional Health Care System

By OBHG Marketing on December 13th, 2017

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.

"OBHG and United Regional Health Care System have kicked off a solid partnership to continue to provide ongoing high-quality care for pregnant women in Wichita Falls and the surrounding area," said Dr. Rakhi Dimino, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations. "This program is highlighted by allowing the return of the University of North Texas Family Medicine Residency Program to the inpatient obstetrical unit at United Regional Medical Center. The OBHG team looks forward to not only elevating the standard of care for pregnant women in Wichita Falls, but also mentoring and teaching family medicine residents in OB care."

From burnout to balance: Q&A with an OB hospitalist

By OBHG Marketing on December 8th, 2017

After missing too many events in his children’s lives and suffering from career burnout like so many obstetricians do, Dr. Stephen “Todd” Bashuk was ready for a change.

Last year he decided to leave his private practice in Georgia and pursue a new career path. He accepted a position as an Ob Hospitalist Group team lead at one of our hospital programs near beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He moved into the OBHG medical director of operations role at his hospital earlier this year.

Bashuk says the transition has made a tremendous positive difference in his life.

We asked him to discuss his journey to hospitalist medicine, how his work has impacted patients, and how his own family life has changed.

What was your work life like before you joined OBHG? 

“I was in private practice and being pushed and pulled in a million different directions. I had read that OB/GYNs had a 51 percent burnout rate; I think it is higher.

What made you decide to transition to hospitalist medicine?

I was working and one of my kids needed something to be done and I realized I couldn’t do it. I knew at that moment that I was missing too many things in life and something had to change.

I think many physicians become hospitalists to regain that work-life balance – regain control over their lives – and move forward.

How has your experience been so far?

It’s been a year since I took the position and I absolutely love it. I love the lifestyle and spending a lot more time with my family. During the last year I also realized that I was making a huge difference.”

How are you improving care for patients?

"We see every patient who comes to the obstetrical emergency department. We’re there in the hospital 24/7 for emergencies which helps improve patient safety. The unassigned patients who don’t have a doctor benefit the most. These are often high acuity patients and caring for them can be very complicated.

We also help make the community doctors’ and nurses’ lives better so they can deliver better care.

How does the hospital benefit?

Liability is reduced because there is an experienced, board-certified OB on hand at all times. When I see the number of saves in my hospital each month, multiplied by the number of OBHG programs, I realize that there are 300-400 saves every month—and that’s huge.

How did your family feel about your career change?

"I was pretty burned out when I met my wife Diane. She encouraged me to pursue what would make me happy. I went from a private practice in Atlanta to a lead hospitalist in Arkansas – that’s a huge change and a huge adventure. She was right there with me.

Between us we have six children ranging in age from 14 to 20. So there are always family fires to fight! (Laughs)
 
What do you do with your newfound leisure time?

We like to travel and have visited the Grand Canyon, Panama, and Cuba just since I’ve joined OBHG. And we are scheduled to visit Guatemala and Peru to climb Machu Picchu!

What would you say to physicians considering hospitalist work?

We all went into this field to take care of people. Being a hospitalist taught me that you can take care of people and go to your daughter’s championship game too."

OB hospitalists give the gift of time this holiday season

By OBHG Marketing on December 6th, 2017

By: S. Todd Bashuk, MD, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations based out of Fayetteville, AR

Ah, the holidays. I remember being in med school and my family celebrating Thanksgiving in Atlanta while I was in St. Louis studying for finals. I thought it was no big deal – I’d have privacy to study, and frankly, going to my brother’s house and eating turducken wasn’t exactly Disney World. I could not have been more wrong. Domino’s does not make a turkey and dressing pizza nor does Hunan Wok make General Tso’s turkey. But as much as my brother annoys me, I missed his Bill O’Reilly rant and his turducken. When it was time to celebrate the new year, I sat alone in a call room, eating cafeteria-pressed turkey while the world celebrated. I missed my dad’s collard greens and black-eyed peas.

What’s a holiday? Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s come to mind first, then Fourth of July, Labor Day, Easter, and Memorial Day. But everyone is different. Some folks consider their birthday, Cinco de Mayo, or their son’s baseball game as times of celebration. During the holiday season, there is no greater gift to give a colleague than a day with their family instead of Christmas in a call room.

I became an OB hospitalist a year and a half ago. I had been in private practice for 15 years, and during that time, I missed everything important to me. After years of suffering from burnout and depression, I decided to make a change. With my wife’s support and blessing, we decided to blindly jump into the volcano, and I became a hospitalist for Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG).

I have met so many great people during my time at OBHG, including some wonderful OB/GYNs still in private practice. My closest friend has been in practice for 60 years – let’s call him Dr. Mike. This man takes care of everyone else in the world and has the biggest heart of anyone I know. When I started working at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital (Johnson, AR), he was tired, burnt out, and honestly irritable. Dr. Mike was so far from the man he really is. Since OBHG has implemented a program at Willow Creek, he has slept in his own bed every night and he celebrates Christmas with his family. He was even able to attend his granddaughter’s kindergarten graduation. Because of the partnership between OBHG and Dr. Mike’s practice, he doesn’t have to miss important life events anymore. The few times I’ve had to call him back, he comes quickly and willingly without complaint. He is my super-secret back up and comes even if he is not on call.

Amidst this holiday season, I’d like to highlight the service OBHG can provide to the community. Providing coverage for our community physician partners gives them the freedom to do what they love. Whether it’s a major holiday like Christmas or a special event like a child’s dance recital, our hospitalists can make the biggest difference. At OBHG, we are giving some of the best gifts that can be given: time with family and safe deliveries.

Three OBHG partner hospitals named favorite place to have a baby

By OBHG Marketing on December 1st, 2017

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! 

Read full article here.

On a medical mission

By OBHG Marketing on November 28th, 2017

Dr. Lisbeth Jordan has always been driven to improve health and health care. Not just at home in Bellevue, Washington, but around the globe.

She has been able to follow her passion and do meaningful work in several developing countries. But when she was working as a private practice physician, the intangible rewards she gained through service to others came at a cost to her clinic.

Now an Ob Hospitalist Group clinician, Jordan can not only set her own schedule and spend more time with her family - but she can volunteer without the stress and anxiety that comes with leaving a business unattended.

In recent years she has traveled to Serra Grande, Brazil to help build sustainable health and education initiatives in partnership with the local community. This year she served as team lead for a project aimed at educating and empowering the area's teenage girls.

Read full testimonial.

Q3 2017 “You Delivered!” award recipients announced

By OBHG Marketing on November 24th, 2017

Each quarter, Ob Hospitalist Group employees nominate teammates who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the company's core values.

The OBHG leadership team selects one clinician and one support staff member to receive the You Delivered! award for their outstanding performance. For the third quarter of 2017, OBHG recognized OB hospitalist Dr. Peter Genaris, and Senior Hospital Operations Analyst Jorge Lopez.

An excerpt from Dr. Genaris’ nomination:

“Dr. Genaris is a hero...he has saved so many lives this summer it is incredible. He successfully emergently delivered a patient who presented to the OBED with a complete placental abruption which allowed both mom and baby to be resuscitated from this life-threatening condition. He emergently delivered a patient who had a uterine rupture while attempting to VBAC, thus saving both mom and baby.

He performed these life-saving feats with grace and humility, and with compassion and respect for his patients and their families.

The physicians and nursing staff recognize his accomplishments and outstanding bedside manner with the simple statement of: "We love him!" As his teammate and team lead, I could not wish for a better team member to work with. His work ethic and ability is unparalleled. He deserves recognition for his grace under fire and for his heroic life saves.”

An excerpt from Mr. Lopez’s nomination:

“Jorge and I have collaborated on many projects and I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable in Excel. Conservatively, his efforts [creating and testing a new time saving process for the team] have saved about 48 hours of productivity each quarter going forward. This service-minded approach to his role is evident from his work with our team, and he has now had a positive impact on my entire department as well.

I believe Jorge embodies the core value of "genuine service" by intentionally and joyfully utilizing his abilities to the best of his ability.”

Congratulations to both third quarter You Delivered! awardees! 

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Ten reasons why it’s time to implement an obstetrics hospitalist program

By OBHG Marketing on November 21st, 2017

By: Amy VanBlaricom, MD, Ob Hospitalist Group Medical Director of Operations based out of Seattle, WA

Did you know that as the U.S. population grows, the number of physicians going into the OB/GYN specialty remains the same? The OB/GYN shortage will increasingly become an issue, but OB hospitalist programs can help relieve community physicians who are stretched too thin and quickly burning out

As Medical Director of Operations at Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), I see firsthand the impact our hospitalist programs bring to our partners, the community, mothers, and babies. Here are 10 reasons why it’s time for your hospital to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare and seriously consider implementing a 24/7 OB hospitalist program. And I’m not talking just any program - OBHG’s program.

1. OBHG hospitalists support your nurses

With an OB/GYN in the hospital 24/7, nurses have around-the-clock support. They can ask questions, voice concerns, and get second opinions on interventions in real time versus having to hunt down a private physician and pulling them out of their office. OBHG hospitalists attend multidisciplinary board rounds and address concerns about patients. They are able to make recommendations on whether to engage a private physician.

2. OBHG provides increased safety through OB triage and emergency response

OBHG hospitalists are always onsite to care for any obstetrical emergency that may walk through the door. This can improve outcomes in high-volume programs with high acuity rates or lower-volume programs where physicians may have minimal experience with emergencies. Our program can also positively impact your hospital’s medical malpractice insurance premiums and save money.

3. Our hospitalists engage and build relationships with your private physicians

Our clinicians collaborate and build relationships with private physicians. As private physicians feel more comfortable with OBHG doing their deliveries, they are able to be more productive in their offices. They are also more likely to continue doing OB and retire later due to having hospital coverage and an increased quality of life. Private physicians are more likely to offer VBACs to their patients if there is a physician in-house. Additionally, our hospitalists can see, manage, and coordinate care for unassigned and uninsured patients to tuck them in with an outpatient provider where necessary. This can improve outcomes to these patients who would most likely otherwise fall through the healthcare system cracks.

4. OBHG programs entice new business from community physicians

The presence of an OBHG hospitalist program in your hospital may bring in new business from primary physicians, midwives, or family practice physicians in the community who may not have brought their patients in before. Once our program is implemented, our clinicians collaborate with you to conduct community outreach to those untapped patients who may not have otherwise come to your hospital. You can promote the 24/7 presence of an OB physician in case of emergency.

5. Our OB hospitalists improve safety through enhanced communication

OBHG hospitalists consistently communicate with private physicians about their patients to provide the most seamless care possible. They are also involved in multidisciplinary drills and simulations to help remove systematic inefficiencies and bottlenecks. This helps to find holes in the system and work to repair them. Our hospitalists also have access to a national network of over 600 OB clinicians in our 130 programs and can share best practices and challenges.

6. Our hospital partners optimize care using our national dataset

OBHG’s hospital teams contribute to safety protocols and build quality metrics for all of our partner hospitals We not only help you report those metrics, but we help you improve data such as reducing cesarean section rates, lowering early labor induction, improving the time it takes to administer medication in hypertensive emergencies, offering VBACs, and more. All of these things improve safety and cut down on healthcare dollars spent, which results in improved outcomes and metrics. These are things that payors look for when they consider contracting with a hospital.

7. OBHG clinicians champion new initiatives within their hospital and outside

Our clinicians are not just OBHG employees, they are part of their hospital’s staff and community. They are healthcare leaders who take part in community and even statewide initiatives. Many of our programs are in critical-access hospitals or referral centers where improved systematic care for patients can be driven by standardized protocols for infection prevention, minimizing complication rates, and managing the complicated medical care of those who have not driven that management themselves. For example, one of our programs is involved in a statewide initiative to decrease perinatal and postoperative infection rates.

8. Our 24/7 presence can improve patient satisfaction scores

Your patients will see an engaged, caring physician every time. OBHG hospitalists are equipped to answer questions and provide instructions in-person versus having to communicate with the primary OB if he/she cannot be present in the hospital. This improves patients’ experience and overall impression of the hospital.

9. OBHG’s program can bring revenue to your hospital

In addition to the possibility of increasing volume of patients overall - what patient wouldn’t want to be seen by a qualified physician every time, if that were an option? We can also enhance your billing and coding process and capture revenue that you may be leaving on the table now by billing triage visits as OB emergency department (OBED) visits.

10. Our OB emergency departments increase throughput

By having a physician in the labor and delivery unit 24/7, patients can move through to delivery faster and experience shorter lengths of stay as they we can actively manage them. Primary physicians can request that our physicians start rounding earlier if they aren’t able to, which can result in more timely discharges. This can affect length of stay in the hospital in general, which improves hospital efficiency, and as a bonus, payors like it too.

OBHG team featured in RevCycle Intelligence article

By OBHG Marketing on November 16th, 2017

Every individual who works for Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) impacts our vision to elevate the standard of women's healthcare.  This month, RevCycle Intelligence featured OBHG's Revenue Cycle Management Team, which runs like a well-oiled machine to streamline business operations for our 130 hospitalist programs across 30 states. 

Read full article here.

 

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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Are you ready for a disaster?

By OBHG Marketing on November 9th, 2017

When the hurricane season hit this year, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) teams were prepared.  But thanks to carefully designed disaster plans, strong communication, and volunteers willing to step up, OBHG's patients were well taken care of amidst the natural disasters. 

Read what OBHG's Dr. Jaynes and other hospitalists learned after this latest round of hurricanes that may help prepare your hospital for future emergencies.

Read full article on at TodaysHospitalist.com.

 

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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Overcoming exhaustion: How one OB reclaimed her energy

By OBHG Marketing on November 7th, 2017

By Nahille Natour, MD

It was my third trip to the hospital that day. 

I had a few patients in labor to check on and while I was there, I was called to the ER due to the premature delivery of non-viable twins. 

Luckily the deliveries were uncomplicated, but any time there’s a pregnancy loss, attention to the emotional must accompany the physical care of a patient.

And so you answer questions asked between tears. You express your mutual grief. You provide resources and you encourage use of available support. While you can’t take away her pain, you give all that you have.  

Once I get home, I crumple onto the couch to catch the 10 p.m. newscast and I remember that I have to catch up on the day's charts.

It was a tough day - preceded by tough days and followed by tough days.

And while not every day involves a loss, caring for patients requires a tremendous amount of energy. Helping patients make difficult decisions, advocating for their interests with insurance companies, finding ways for them to afford medication - and all the while lending an empathetic ear and clicking away on your keyboard in an electronic record. 

If doctors don’t have a way to replenish and invigorate their souls on a regular basis, they can quickly find that they don't have any more left to give.

It happened to me.

This recurrent depletion of energy quickly leads to emotional exhaustion, which is one of the components of burnout. The Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017 surveyed physicians of all specialties, and of the responders who were obstetrician/gynecologists, 56% reported that they were burned out. Further, a recent study showed that 36% of OB/GYNs suffer high levels of emotional exhaustion.

Why is this important? Multiple studies have shown that when physicians are burned out, productivity and quality of care declines, medical errors increase, patient satisfaction decreases and doctors leave the work force.

How do we make improvements? Many organizations have started physician wellness programs to address this issue. And while the picture of wellness differs from person to person, there are a few things all of us can do.

Set priorities and boundaries. Participate in activities that you enjoy and stay connected with your community, friends, and family.

I had a tough time doing this on my own; luckily I was able to transition to a position as an OB hospitalist with Ob Hospitalist Group. My schedule is flexible and when I’m off, I am free to take care of me.

It is a liberating feeling knowing that when my shift is over, I will be going home and I won’t be taking work with me. I still enjoy plenty of continuity with patients, but I don’t have to worry about declining reimbursements and office staff.

Joining Ob Hospitalist Group was a solution that kept me in clinical medicine and helped me rediscover my passions - both within and outside the hospital. 

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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What’s it like to be an OBHG hospitalist?

By OBHG Marketing on November 3rd, 2017

Dr. Rakhi Dimino, OBHG medical director of operations and OB hospitalist at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, describes what it's like being an OBHG hospitalist. From workload to types of procedures performed to what she does during her downtime on shift, Dr. Dimino provides a complete overview of what an OBHG hospitalist may do during a typical day.

 

 

 

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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Family sends heartfelt thanks to OBHG team

By OBHG Marketing on November 2nd, 2017

A patient and hospital employee of Ascension Health sent his heartfelt thanks to our hospitalist team at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside in Jacksonville, Fla.

James and Jackie Sommer are the parents of Heidi, who is expecting a little brother in mid-November. They plan to deliver at one of our partner hospitals, St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside, outside Jacksonville, FL.

James shared his recent experiences with our OB hospitalists:

“We are expecting our second child and my wife has been categorized as high risk," says Sommer. "We have been to the Family Birth Place at St. Vincent’s Southside on two separate occasions with scares. In those two visits, we were treated by Dr. Jocelyn Rogers and Dr. Nancy Miller, respectively. Both of them did a fantastic job with treatment, but it was their bedside manner that was exceptional (Dr. Miller is hilarious)."

"Not only was the treatment timely, but the emotional relief they provided to my wife made the visits very low stress," Sommer continued. "I just wanted to express my gratitude for their level of service and hope you continue the great work."

 

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.

 

©2017. Ob Hospitalist Group, Inc. All rights reserved. View our linking and republishing policies.