Hospitalists Bolster OB/GYN Residency Program in Florida

By Kristine Hartvigsen on October 26th, 2016

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

When she learned of Ob Hospitalist Group’s model for an onsite Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) staffed 24/7 by hospitalist OB/GYNs, she saw the potential to basically kill two birds with one stone. She championed the idea with hospital executives who, in 2014 partnered with OBHG to establish and OBED at the hospital and take advantage of the hospitalists’ 24-hour presence to serve as additional residency faculty. It worked like a charm.

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