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OB Emergency Dept/Hospitalist Program Debuts

Mar. 6, 2024 12:01 pm

Last month, ThedaCare announced the opening of their new Obstetrical Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Hospitalist Program. Providing specialized care to expectant mothers, babies and families, the new program is part of the update to the Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center through the $100M investment to modernize the Neenah campus. The addition of these hospital-based women's services can help ThedaCare continue to provide comprehensive, safe care for expectant mothers and babies in Northeast and Central Wisconsin.

The OB-ED, staffed by board-certified and board-eligible specialists, operates around the clock and provides care for pregnant women facing obstetrical challenges.

"Through this program, a trained physician will evaluate every patient, and our goal is that expectant mothers can leave the hospital with peace of mind, focusing on the health and well-being of their family," said Dr. Eric Eberts, Department Chair of the ThedaCare OB-ED and Hospitalist Program. "Having an OB-ED and Hospitalist Program can redefine the standard of women's care in the hospital setting to help continue safe patient care."

The creation of an OB-ED and Hospitalist Program is an important milestone in ThedaCare's history. For 115 years, ThedaCare has provided care for the people in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, an opportunity made possible more than a century ago when Theda Clark Peters directed a significant portion of her estate to be used to build a hospital in Neenah so that people in the community would have local access to medical care.

Through the program, women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant now bypass the emergency department and go directly to an obstetrical triage area located in the Family Birth Center at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. This program will supplement the care of a woman's OB provider; her doctor will continue to provide care in the facility. The program ensures a highly specialized doctor to be available to evaluate a woman immediately, without waiting for the patient's doctor to arrive onsite, or providing a consultation over-the-phone. 

Eberts noted that the program aims to provide support for ThedaCare's other hospitals, including those in rural communities via telehealth consultations.

"The OB-ED and hospitalist program can help ensure that expectant mothers continue to receive timely, specialized care for themselves and their babies," Eberts said. 

Learn more via NBC 26's exclusive report, which includes Dr.Eberts' special connection to Theda Clark Peters.

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