Hoag’s OB ED Delivers on Promise to the Community

If something goes amiss during pregnancy, a woman needs experts who can act fast and effectively to help her and to protect her baby. Hoag's Obstetric Emergency Department, with the support of philanthropy, is the only specialized OB ED in Orange County, providing women 16 weeks gestation or more with an unmatched level of reassurance and support.

Whether the problems are common or complex, when pregnant patients come to the OB ED, Hoag’s team of OB Hospitalists are trained to address them, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This is the highest level of care for pregnant women in need of emergency services, a unique offering that speaks to Hoag’s dedication to patient-centric care.

“Things can go from calm to emergent at any point, and we’re always right here for women,” said OB Hospitalist Tomekia Lynn Strickland, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. “You have better outcomes when there is a team available to respond immediately, expertly and effectively.”

Housed on the same floor as Labor, Delivery & Recovery and OB Triage, the OB ED is a licensed extension of Hoag’s main emergency department and provides expedited access to specialized emergency services.

Always staffed by one of Hoag’s board-certified OB Hospitalists and experienced Labor and Delivery Nurses, the OB ED treats pregnant patients 16-weeks gestation or more who have any obstetric complaint. Thanks to excellent inter-department communication, pregnant patients who have non-pregnancy related emergencies can also be seen by specialists from Hoag’s main ED without having to transfer.

“If a patient presents with chest pain or chronic hypertension, for example, the cardiac echo and EKG teams will be in the OB ED within minutes,” Dr. Strickland said.

Over the years, OB Hospitalists have worked closely with OB-GYNs in the community, building a level of trust and respect from women’s doctors, as well as women themselves.

“We consider our role an extension of the community doctors’ care in the hospital. We all serve as ambassadors of good health care,” Dr. Strickland said. “Our availability provides an extra layer of safety. Physicians know that if labor progresses fast or if something happens before the doctor can get there, their patients always have a board-certified OB-GYN there that will provide the same level of care they’d give themselves.”

The OB ED is a distinguishing feature of Hoag’s trusted Maternal Child Program. Hoag is also a Magnet hospital for nursing care, the highest national designation. Hoag’s labor and delivery nurses partner with patients to provide compassionate, thorough care.

“If mom and baby are healthy, a mother’s birth plan is always the nurses’ priority,” Dr. Strickland said. “We recognize that things don’t always go as planned, and we’re ready. This gives patients peace of mind, knowing that we’re supporting her every step of the way.”