Contract with OB hospitalist group provides additional coverage for patients
BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced its
Birth Center has expanded its services to expecting and new mothers by
offering dedicated 24-hour assessment and emergency care. The expanded
coverage is made available through an agreement with Ob Hospitalist Group.
“More mothers are choosing to deliver their babies at Baton Rouge
General,” said Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark Slyter.
“Since last year, BRG physicians have seen a significant increase
in deliveries. As we continue to grow, hospitalists are an important safety
net for patients and OB/GYNs.”
While many obstetricians divide their time between a hospital and private
practice, hospitalists are solely based in the hospital. Their addition
at BRG’s Birth Center means the hospital can offer around-the-clock
emergency care focused entirely on expecting and new mothers. These dedicated
OB/GYN physicians provide a number of services, including:
- Providing care in times of emergency prior to the arrival of a patient's
- Supporting the care of high-risk pregnancy patients
- Caring for patients who don't have an obstetrician
“Rather than the traditional nurse-led triage that many hospitals
use, patients at our Birth Center are evaluated by experienced OB/GYNs
based in the hospital,” said VP of Medical Operations Dr. Robert
Kenney. “And if anything unexpected happens, they also have immediate
access to the best surgical care possible.” While many obstetricians
divide their time between the hospital and their private practice, OBHG
hospitalists focus solely on providing care to patients in the labor and
delivery unit, as well as those facing emergent situations. These physicians
provide enhanced coverage and a critical safety net to private OB/GYNs
and their patients.
BRG’s Birth Center is backed by the extensive resources of the full
service hospital, including top level neonatal and adult intensive care
unit and a comprehensive list of adult and pediatric subspecialists like
maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology. While rare, there are circumstances
when a mother needs a higher level of care.
Jessica Phillips, 34, was a new mother who experienced a pulmonary embolism when her new
baby was nine days old.
At age 30,
Caitlyn Piper was a new mother who didn't fit into any of the risk groups associated
with heart disease. But after several days of pain that radiated through
her neck and back, doctors determined she had suffered a heart attack.
In addition to 24-hour emergency and assessment, BRG’s Birth Center
has also added expectant and new mother parking spaces to allow more convenient
access for patients. And, the interior of the Center is in the process
of renovating with new furniture, flooring and artwork to create a comfortable
and soothing environment for mothers and their families. Patients can
access the Birth Center through the referral of their obstetrician or
by presenting to the Birth Center with any pregnancy-related concerns.
To access the Birth Center, call (225) 763-4141 or enter BRG’s Bluebonnet
campus through entrance 3 and following the pink signs to the Birth Center.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital
with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in
the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has
provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare
for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge
General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine,
and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing,
School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal
Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For
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