Baptist Begins OB Hospitalist Program

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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On March 7, 2012, Baptist for Women, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., will begin its OB Hospitalist program. OB Hospitalists are board certified Ob/Gyns who provide in-hospital coverage, 24/7.

They will evaluate women with obstetric and gynecologic medical issues and consult with the patient's primary physician, or Ob/Gyn, until her own physician arrives at the hospital. The hospitalists will be located in a new OB emergency room in the Birthplace at Baptist.

"This program does not take the patient from her own Ob/Gyn physician," added Barbie Sullivan, executive medical director of women's services at Baptist. "It ensures that every patient, regardless of time of day or physician association, is seen by an Ob/Gyn right away if she needs urgent care."

The OB Hospitalists are required to have additional training in neonatal resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and OB emergency care. Baptist's OB Hospitalists will also be available for consultations in the hospital and for emergent care in Baptist's main Emergency Department.

Dr. Sullivan added, "OB Hospitalists will assess and manage patients as requested by the patient's physician. The hospitalists will act as the unreferred call physician and will see any obstetric or gynecologic patients who would normally be seen by the on-call unreferred staff physician."

Types of urgent care cases the hospitalists might see include patients 16 weeks pregnant or greater who require emergency care, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, and tubo-ovarian abcesses. Because OB hospitalists are always onsite, they can provide immediate surgery or manage problems until the patient's Ob/Gyn arrives.

This service also enhances Baptist's Maternal Transport Program. Mothers throughout Mississippi and surrounding areas who have perinatal complications or who are at risk for early delivery can be transferred to Baptist for care and neonatal support that may not be available at their local hospital.

"The Maternal Transport Program provides quality inpatient care to high-risk mothers and their newborns," said Dr. Sullivan. "The OB Hospitalist will already be at Baptist waiting on that patient to arrive."

Establishing the OB Hospitalist service will also expand the number of Ob/Gyns who can receive privileges at Baptist. Dr. Sullivan explained that physicians who haven't been able to provide services at Baptist before will now be able to do so, because an OB Hospitalist will be on site to assist with the patient until that primary physician arrives to take over the patient's care.

For more information about Baptist for Women, visit www.mbhs.org/women or call the Baptist Health Line at 601.948.6262 or 800.948.6262.

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