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Volunteer Hospital Launches OB Hospitalist Program

Hospital Serves Expectant Mothers with 24/7 Care by OB/GYN

Specialists in New Emergency Program

Martin, Tennessee (September 30, 2019) – Volunteer Hospital in Martin, Tennessee has added a layer of safety for new moms who deliver at the hospital. To support this initiative, Volunteer Hospital has partnered with OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider in the country. This new service enhances patient safety and care by ensuring that a board-certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology is in the hospital and immediately available at all times, 24 hours a day, seven days of the week, every day of the year. We are also excited to welcome Beckie Johnson, certified nurse midwife, to West Tennessee Medical Group. Beckie will continue to see patients in our area in the outpatient setting and will receive assistance from the OB Hospitalist Group in the hospital setting, if needed.

“These highly experienced obstetricians provide care for patients who come in through our dedicated emergency department (ED) with an obstetric emergency and for those who have no physician,” said Darrell Blaylock, CEO Volunteer Hospital.

Having an OB/GYN hospitalist program at Volunteer Hospital means pregnant women can be confident an experienced obstetrician will be delivering her baby, even if her own provider can’t be present. In addition to board certification, OBHG team members have received special training in advanced fetal monitoring, risk management, operative delivery, coding and compliance and advanced cardiac life support.

Through the OB hospitalist program, additional safety mechanisms include 24/7 on-site OB/GYN physician coverage; consistent care for unassigned or uninsured patients, rapid response for emergency care and quicker consults for gynecological emergencies in the ED or surgery. “This new service underscores Volunteer Hospital’s commitment to quality in our maternal care program,” said Blaylock. “Our OBED improves patient access to specialist care and enhances patient safety and outcomes,” Blaylock concluded.