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Laborist Program Expands to Offer 24/7 Coverage

Tracy Byrne

Expectant mothers now have peace of mind that an OB physician is onsite at the hospital in Mishawaka 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Effective September 1, 2013, the Laborist Program will expand its hours to provide around-the-clock coverage and care for pregnant and laboring women at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC).

The Laborist Program at SJRMC's The Family Birthplace is in partnership with the physicians of OB/GYN Associates of Northern Indiana (OBNI), a division of Allied Physicians of Michiana, LCC. It is the first of its kind in the area and the only program to offer 24/7 coverage, giving our families access to the highest level of care when it matters most.

The Laborist does not change the relationship the patient has with her regular OB/GYN physician. Instead, the role of the Laborist is to provide timely, advanced care for patients who are at the hospital with emergent needs.

The board-certified/board-eligible OB/GYN physicians of OBNI providing 24/7 coverage include:
Michele L. Ashton, MD, FACOG
Tracy Swetz Byrne, MD, FACOG
Melanie C. Goldschmidt, DO
Leonard R. Ferguson, MD, FACOG
Kelly Wayne McGuire, MD, FACOG

“We understand that this is the future of OB/GYN hospital care in the country, and that's why we launched this program in the spring," said Tracy Byrne, MD, Medical Director of The Family Birthplace. “It's been a great experience and success for everyone involved, our patients, our physicians and the hospital staff. We are excited to expand this coverage and offer our community even greater access to high quality care."

Coupled with 24-hour dedicated OB anesthesia services and 24-hour access to a Neonatologist to attend difficult births, SJRMC and OBNI are proud to set a new standard for access to specialty OB services and high quality care in the greater Michiana region. SJRMC also has the ability to provide immediate diagnosis and care for newborns who need extra attention in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The Family Birthplace is located on the fourth floor of the SJRMC Mishawaka Campus, at 5215 Holy Cross Pkwy., Mishawaka, IN 46545. OB/GYN Associates of Northern Indiana, P.C. is located at 6301 University Commons, Suite 130, South Bend, IN.

Saint Joseph Health System  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574.335.5000

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