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In November, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) reached a historic milestone in the growth of our company. As of November 16th, OBHG expanded its national network of OB hospitalist services with the start of our 100th partner hospital. Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines is our first program in the state of Iowa. This is a milestone that appropriately heralds our 10 years as the nation’s largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider.
“It’s more than just a number though. It is a reflection of the power and strength of an integrated network of more than 520 physicians and midwives across the 100 programs focused on changing the paradigm of safety and quality in obstetrical care,” OBHG Chief Executive Officer Lenny Castiglione wrote in a message thanking employees for their role in the company’s success. “No other organization in the country has the experience and knowledge about OB hospitalist programs that we do. So it’s not just our size but our depth of understanding and consistent performance that distinguishes us as the leader in the industry.”
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. It is a member of Mercy Health Network and part of Catholic Health Initiatives, a national nonprofit health organization.
“While other hospitals in Iowa offer laborists to provide 24/7 OB care, Mercy will be the first hospital in the state to offer an OBED,” the hospital announced in a recent newsletter, The Bulletin (p.2). “Women who are 14 weeks or more gestation will be cared for when they present with emergency symptoms related to their pregnancy. … The OB hospitalist will also provide care for women who present with an OB emergency and don’t have a designated OB, and give them contact information for care after discharge.”
“We are absolutely delighted to count Mercy Medical Center as the 100th partner hospital in our growing national network,” Castiglione said. “Every member of the OBHG family enriches our considerable pool of knowledge and resources that is shared across every program for the benefit of our patients.”
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