Baton Rouge General Expands Birth Center Services

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 own physician
  • 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 more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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