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Hoag OB Hospitalist Program Expands Exceptional Care for Pregnant and Laboring Women
Date:10/13/2009

Hoag Hospital's OB hospitalists provide immediate care onsite 24/7, in concert with each patient's OB physician

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hoag is one of the first hospitals in Orange County to implement an OB Hospitalists Program in its labor and delivery unit. Hoag's specialized program consists of board-certified Hoag OB-GYNs, who are onsite at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the highest level of care to pregnant and laboring women through immediate obstetrical consultation, emergency management, and assistance in delivery or caesarean section.

"Hoag OB hospitalists provide increased patient safety and efficient, streamlined care for OB inpatients, in concert with each patient's obstetrician," said Dale Braithwaite, M.D., physician director of the Hoag OB Hospitalist Program. "Women can be assured that no matter when they come to Hoag, they will have immediate access to a board-certified OB who specializes in emergency obstetrics."

The Hoag OB Hospitalist Program does not change the relationship the patient has with her physician. Instead, the role of the OB hospitalist is to provide a safety net of timely, high-quality care, in coordination with other specialists, for patients who present at the hospital with emergent needs. The OB hospitalist is also an important component in ensuring safe management of non-emergent obstetrical patients in conjunction with their private practice physician.

While Hoag has offered OB night coverage for many years, the new comprehensive OB Hospitalist Program was made possible in part by a grant given by the James Easton Family Foundation. The grant supports the Easton Health in Pregnancy Program (E-HIPP) at Hoag Hospital. The E-HIPP program was designed to enhance Hoag's quality obstetrical care and services for women who are pregnant, or wish to become pregnant - specifically for those women who may be at i
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