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1st Dedicated OB Hospitalist Program Launches

Mishawaka, Ind. (February 25, 2013) Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and OB/GYN Associates of Northern Indiana (OBNI), a division of Allied Physicians of Michiana, LCC, have joined forces to offer an unparalleled level of maternal-child services to Michiana, with the recent launch of the OB Hospitalist Program at the Mishawaka Campus.

Offered through The Family Birthplace, this specialized program consists of board-certified OB/GYNs from OBNI who are onsite throughout the night, and on weekends, to provide the highest level of care to pregnant and laboring women. The first of its kind in the area, this service gives our families greater peace of mind when it matters most.

“The OB Hospitalist Program provides our patients with immediate access to a board-certified OB/GYN physician, should the need arise in the middle of the night,” said Lynnette Watkins, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. “The expert team of OBNI, supported by our hospital staff, is here to provide immediate consultation, emergency management or assistance in delivery or cesarean section.”

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

The board-certified OB/GYN physicians of OBNI include:

  • Michele L. Ashton, MD, FACOG
  • Tracy Swetz Byrne, MD, FACOG
  • Leonard R. Ferguson, MD, FACOG
  • Kelly Wayne McGuire, MD, FACOG

“We are seeing this model not as a trend, but now developing into the future of OB/GYN hospital care in the United States,” said Tracy Byrne, MD, Medical Director of The Family Birthplace. “This new partnership and the depth of resources offered by the SJRMC health system ensure a direct connection to high-risk and advanced care, if and when needed.”

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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