CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview Launches New OB Emergency Department Program for 24/7 Childbirth Support August 26, 2019

Longview, Texas – CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview is improving the availability of care for moms-to-be by introducing an obstetrics (OB) emergency department program. Hospitalists are specially trained physicians who only see patients in the hospital, ensuring there is highly skilled, specialized care on-site around the clock.

Beginning in late August, the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview will have a team of four full-time hospitalists – all board-certified OB-GYNs – to provide round-the-clock care for women. To support this initiative, the hospital is partnering with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the largest and only dedicated OB-GYN hospitalist provider in the country. As a result of this new partnership, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Longview will be opening a new 24 hour obstetric-designated emergency department. This will ensure highly skilled board-certified OB-GYN doctors are on-site 24/7, providing expedited emergency care to patients that are greater than 16 weeks along in their pregnancy.

“Sometimes a woman’s regular OB-GYN is delivering a baby at another hospital, or is delayed en route due to traffic or weather,” said Mark Anderson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “That can be very stressful for a woman in labor and can even be dangerous if there are complications. In those situations, our OB hospitalists are there to provide care and assistance until the patient’s regular doctor arrives.”

The team will also provide the full range of care to pregnant women or women with gynecological issues who arrive in emergency situations. In addition to board certification, the OB hospitalists also have additional training and experience in OB emergency care, neonatal resuscitation and advanced cardiac life support.

“The addition of OB hospitalists is a major step forward for our Emergency Department because it ensures that every woman will have access to an OB-GYN as needed, even when their own physician is delayed,” said Dr. Anderson. “This program strengthens our ability to provide specialized care around the clock, improves patient safety and enhances our coordination of care, especially for women in emergency situations or those with high-risk pregnancies.”