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OB/GYN Hospitalist Program

Is there a doctor in the house?

Womens_Health_Ob_Hospitalists_1In the same way that a cardiologist is a medical doctor who pursues advanced study into diseases of the heart, a hospitalist is a specialist in hospital medicine—a doctor whose office is the hospital itself and who focuses intensely on patient care at every stage of a person’s hospital visit.

OB hospitalists are available in the Birth Place around the clock to respond to unexpected emergencies and care for patients who do not have a health care provider. They also support our local obstetricians as back-up for deliveries and emergency C-sections, teach physicians in training, and are directly involved in improving care for our maternity patients.

High-risk care, 24-hours a day

While hospitalist programs have long been standard in many European countries, this practical method of ensuring dedicated care for patients has only recently taken the American hospital system by storm.

Following Sacred Heart’s principles and values, the OB/GYN Hospitalists provide 24-hour obstetrical care to all patients who require services based on the primary care physician’s request, or when the patient has no primary care provider in the area.

Working with oversight from Maternal Medicine Specialists, the Hospitalists:

  • Provide 24/7 OB/GYN in-house call coverage for all unattended high-risk obstetrical patients; providing primary care for high-risk OB patients who are referred to Sacred Heart Medical Center from regional and community providers.
  • Provide 24/7 coverage for Birth Place patients, providing primary care to transport and unattached patients with obstetrical conditions that need emergent attention.
  • Provide assistance to Sacred Heart affiliated OB/GYNs with their inpatients, as requested by the provider.

Other components of the program will include research, teaching residents, and professional Grand Rounds.