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PHD to Offer Obstetrics Hospitalist Program
06/16/2005

DALLAS — On July 1, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD) will begin what is believed to be the first Obstetrics Hospitalist Program in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, building on a successful 13-year history during which hospital-based physicians (hospitalists) have cared for patients at PHD.

Hospitalists are physicians who specialize solely in caring for patients who are hospitalized, rather than those in a clinical office setting. The current hospitalists on the medical staff at PHD are physicians board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine.  The new Obstetrics Hospitalist Program creates a dedicated role for obstetricians on site — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — who support patient-care for pregnancy related emergencies, hospitalized patients who do not have an obstetrician, and high-risk pregnancy patients.

“Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is a recognized leader in the services provided to women and infants in the region.  The continuum of care provided by physicians on the medical staff – ranging from the routine delivery of healthy newborns to highly complex cases – will be enhanced by the on-site support of OB hospitalists,” said Dr. David Bookout, chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the hospital.

Through Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas’ Obstetrics Hospitalist Program, a group of dedicated physicians, board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology, will provide a number of services including:

  • Accepting care for medically appropriate transfer patients from outlying areas who require high-risk pregnancy care
  • Providing emergency services for all obstetrics patients, including those with a private physician – until that physician’s arrival
  • Surgery assistance to private physicians performing cesarean section deliveries
  • Assisting to stabilize patients in emergency situations on the obstetrics/gynecology floors until the patient’s attending physician arrives

“Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is committed to an ongoing evaluation of quality and safety practices,” said Deb Maitre, RNC, director of Women’s and Infants’ Services at PHD.  “I believe the obstetrics hospitalist role can enhance services such as emergency labor and delivery care, back-up call for private-practice obstetricians, and time-sensitive consultations with labor and delivery nurses,” she added.

Hospital medicine is the fastest growing medical specialty in the United States, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. An estimated 8,000 hospitalists practice today, and the number of hospitalists could reach 30,000 by 2010.  On any given day at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas there are approximately 180 patients whose care is directed by or provided in consult with a hospitalist physician.  That number is expected to grow significantly with the addition of the Obstetrics Hospitalist Program.

For more information on programs and services at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, visit www.phscare.org. For physician referrals, call 1-800-4-Presby (1-800-477-3729).

About Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Established in 1966, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas has provided 39 years of service and is the flagship hospital of the faith-based, nonprofit Presbyterian Healthcare System. Recognized for excellence in patient services for Women and Infants, Cardiovascular, Orthopedic, Neuroscience, Digestive/Surgery, Oncology, and Primary Care, PHD is a regional referral hospital for North Texas and beyond. The 866-bed facility maintains approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians.

About Texas Health Resources
 Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.  The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes the Presbyterian Healthcare System, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Arlington Memorial Hospital.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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