Expecting mothers who have unexpected medical emergencies now have round-the-clock access to specialized care at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital’s new Obstetrical Emergency Center.
“A wide spectrum of physiological factors need to be considered for both mother and baby in a medical emergency versus what is seen in a typical adult or pediatric emergency room visit,” said Holly Reynolds, RN, CMNL, the director of Women’s Services at Memorial Hermann Northeast. “It’s really important for patients to have immediate access to physicians and staff who can best address those needs.”
The recently opened OB Emergency Center is covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a dedicated board-certified OB-GYN physician and nurses who consult the patient’s OB-GYN to coordinate care whenever possible. All care and results at the hospital can be communicated to the patients’ OB-GYN, even if they are not affiliated with the hospital.
“We work closely with patients’ personal OB-GYNs to better ensure we have a holistic understanding of the patient and pregnancy during treatment,” Reynolds said. “It helps enable us to provide the best care possible and prevents information gaps in the continuum of care, whether delivery is immediate, or if the patient is discharged and continues gestation.”
Patients should notify their OB-GYNs prior to coming to the OB Emergency Center.
Common reasons to visit the OB Emergency Center are suspected pre-term labor, vaginal bleeding, complications related to high-risk pregnancy, infection, and pelvic and abdominal pain. An average of 300-350 pregnant patients visit the Memorial Hermann Northeast Emergency Center each month.
“The sheer volume of pregnant patients who visit our emergency center identified the need for an OB Emergency Center,” said Josh Urban, sr. vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. “We’ve made sure that we have the best-equipped nurses, staff and physicians available at all times to address those unexpected situations.”
Memorial Hermann Northeast’s suite of Women’s and Children’s Services includes the Family Birthing Center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If a higher level of care is needed, patients have direct access to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.