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Bayhealth begins OB hospitalist program at Kent Campus

Delaware News Desk
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Bayhealth recently launched an OB hospitalist program at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus through its partnership with OB Hospitalist Group.

The OB hospitalists, board-certified obstetricians, provide coverage in the labor and delivery unit as well as in the emergency and trauma center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In the L&D unit, hospitalists are available for obstetrical emergencies and can care for pregnant women who don’t have a primary doctor and are past 16 weeks gestation to ensure a safe delivery for mother and baby. OB hospitalists also assist midwives until the primary provider can get to the hospital and support other OB doctors as requested, such as by performing cesarean sections.

In the ED, OB hospitalists are available to see gynecologic patients and OB patients who are less than 16 weeks gestation if they don’t have a primary doctor. The OB hospitalists may also be consulted for any medically unstable pregnant patient who is past 16 weeks gestation and being evaluated for a medical concern.

“The OB hospitalist program helps us ensure we’re delivering the highest level of safety and care to our patients since these highly qualified and trained specialists are onsite and available to assist our patients and other providers, as needed, no matter the time of day or night,” said Bayhealth Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Cheryl Hewlett.

OB hospitalists at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus include new physicians to the area and ones who have been working at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, formerly Bayhealth Milford Memorial, since Bayhealth’s partnership with OBHG began several years ago. Eventually, OB hospitalist services will be provided in an Obstetrical Emergency Department that will be built and opened on the fifth floor of Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus later in 2020.

For more, visit bayhealth.org/maternity-obstetrics.