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Gala to Benefit OB/GYN Expansion at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
09/15/2008

KAUFMAN, Texas — Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman (PHK) has seen the number of babies it delivers more than double since July 7, when a prominent OB/GYN moved her practice to the hospital.

As a result, PHK has hired more nurses and is planning to add two more patient rooms. The hospital will purchase a fetal monitor, labor and delivery beds and other equipment to accommodate the influx of patients. The nursery also is being reorganized.

In July, 35 babies were delivered at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, up from the average of 15 a month. The growth came when Dr. Reba Williams-White moved her practice from Terrell to the Kaufman hospital, said Krista Baty, chief nurse executive. August also was a busy month for the unit, with 45 babies born.

“Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman employees have really stepped up to help patients have an exceptional experience delivering their babies,” PHK President Patsy Youngs said. “The community has embraced their hospital and we’ve seen tremendous growth as a result. Our first-ever gala Nov. 8 will help offset the additional construction and equipment costs and we’re looking forward to a fabulous celebration for a worthy cause of helping new mothers.”

In addition to reconfiguring the women’s area at the hospital, Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman also has moved one employee to work in prenatal education and childbirth classes.

“We see a number of patients with premature labor based on lack of prenatal care or lack of education,” Baty said. “We’ve had to increase the amount and type of education we provide to try to better teach expectant mothers the best way to care for themselves and their unborn babies.”

For the past two years, Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has been working to enhance all of its services provided to women. The influx of patients has fit that plan perfectly, Baty said. “It has been great for us.”

The Nov. 8 black-tie gala will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The event will include dinner, dancing and a live auction to benefit the women’s services area and help pay for a new fetal monitor, labor and delivery beds and an infant warmer.

For more information or tickets, call Jill Raymond at 972-932-7262.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has also seen growth in emergency room patients and admissions since the Terrell hospital closed inpatient services and limited emergency room services, but it has not resulted in an influx of patients, Baty said.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman is affiliated with the Presbyterian Healthcare System and Texas Health Resources. Texas Health Resources is the largest non-profit, faith-based health care organization in Texas. The system was formed in 1997 with the merger of Presbyterian Healthcare System in Dallas, Harris Methodist Health System in Fort Worth and Arlington Memorial Hospital. The system includes 13 acute care hospitals with more than 17,000 employees and 5,000 physicians with privileges on its medical staff.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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