Research Medical Center
September 12, 2016

Research Medical Center (RMC)—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and women’s services provider—today launches an (OB) Obstetrics Hospitalist Program. As one of only a few hospitals to offer the comprehensive, specialized and OB emergency services, Research Medical Center’s program includes board certified OB/GYNs who provide in-hospital coverage 24/7, including holidays.

Although many obstetricians continue to divide their time between office and hospital, Research Medical Center’s OB Hospitalist Program allows hospital-based physicians to focus on providing care to patients presenting for labor and delivery or for an emergent pregnancy-related medical need. To support this initiative, Research Medical Center is partnering with OB Hospitalist Group, a national physician group that specializes in caring for pregnant women.

"Hospital-based OB/GYN physicians narrow the focus of their practice to hospital medicine to provide women in labor with prompt and efficient, round-the-clock care," says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza – Van Blaricum. "We work with community OB/GYNs and will provide coverage as requested by them to enhance continuity of care for pregnant mothers and their infants. The program underscores Research Medical Center’s commitment to quality care in its maternal and infant care program.”

Research Medical Center’s Women’s Center Director Lisa Thaller notes the peace of mind the program offers pregnant women and their families. "Sometimes an obstetrician is delivering another baby at the hospital or perhaps gets tied up in traffic,” she says. “Having access to our OB Hospitalist Program means pregnant women can be confident an experienced obstetrician will be delivering her baby, even if her own physician isn’t able to be present, or if there is an emergency.”

The OB Hospitalist Program provides enhanced coverage and a critical safety net to OB/GYNs in the community during emergencies or when they are not physically present in the hospital. With a birth plan, this new program also offers women the option of VBAC (vaginal delivery after C-section). The program provides additional support for Research Medical Center’s robust midwifery program.

OB Hospitalist Group, LLC is a nationwide specialist in the development, staffing and management of hospital-based OB/GYN practices. The OB/GYN physicians of the OB Hospitalists Group will provide 24/7 in-house coverage for Research Medical Center.  The continuous availability of on-site hospitalists increases communication with referring physicians and patients. The movement toward hospitalist medicine improves access to specialist care and enhances patient safety and outcomes and helps improve patient and family satisfaction.

For more information on the OB Hospitalist Program and Research Medical Center’s full spectrum of comprehensive services, including women’s care, visit