Published on August 21, 2012

Owensboro Health adding OB/GYN Hospitalist Program

Board-certified OB/GYNs will staff hospital 24/7

OWENSBORO, KY (August 22, 2012) – As part of its ongoing initiatives to improve patient care, Owensboro Health is adding an OB/GYN hospitalist program beginning Tuesday, August 28. The program will be offered in partnership with OB Hospitalist Group, which provides one other program in Kentucky and also staffs and manages programs throughout the United States.  

The program will bring a team of experienced, board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists on-site to Owensboro Health 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services will include providing care in times of emergency prior to the arrival of a patient’s personal physician, supporting the care of high risk pregnancy patients and delivering babies for patients who do not have an obstetrician.

Hospitalists are physicians who specialize solely in caring for patients who are hospitalized, rather than in a clinical office setting. The OB/GYN hospitalists at Owensboro Health will provide care for women in labor and delivery, and for those who need emergent gynecological care.

Chris Toler, MD, medical director for obstetrics and gynecology at Owensboro Health, said the hospitalist program will expand the existing network of support from OB/GYNs.

“We will work with our community’s OB/GYNs and nurse midwives to enhance continuity of care for pregnant women and hospital or emergency department patients with pressing gynecological issues,” Toler said. “The hospitalists will enhance patient safety and improve the coordination and efficiency of care.”

The addition of the dedicated OB-GYN hospitalist team is not intended to replace a woman’s regular OB/GYN or family physician but to supplement the care that is already provided.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.