Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian became the first Orange County hospital
to have a dedicated Emergency Department for expectant mothers when it
debuted a four-room Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB-ED) in its Newport
Beach location earlier this year.
This service contributes to a growing trend nationwide that helps increase
access to specialists and improves patient outcomes.
The goal is to provide continuity of care and quick treatment for pregnant
women over 16 weeks of gestation. The OB-ED has three full-time and two
part-time laborists (OB-GYNs who work full time in a hospital, delivering
babies only) and two nurses to ensure expert care is available around
the clock for expectant mothers in need of immediate care.
“Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are able to provide enhanced
coverage and a critical safety net to pregnant women in the community,”
said Allyson Brooks, MD, executive medical director of the Hoag Women’s
Since its opening, over 200 patients per month have presented to Hoag’s
OB-ED for complications of pregnancy such as diabetes, preeclampsia and
bleeding and for evaluation and treatment of conditions such as nausea,
vomiting, headache and urinary tract infections.
The OB-ED is located on the fifth floor of the Sue and Bill Gross Women’s
Pavilion at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.