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Vanderbilt employees, families focus of new OB service

Sep. 13, 2018, 8:36 AM

by Jessica Pasley

The Center for Women’s Health at Vanderbilt will see the return of a service designed for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University employees and their families.

The Vanderbilt Family OB Practice, launched this summer, is a way to focus on employees and their spouses who are also patients, said Celeste Hemingway, MD, one of the leaders of the initiative.

“The idea is to try to make the labor and delivery experience more personalized for our faculty and staff members,” said Hemingway, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“This initiative will be more faculty-driven and is designed to give employees and their family members a more private setting.

“While this is not revolutionary, we are aiming to bring back the ‘private practice’ feel that was once a part of our operations. It’s important that employees feel appreciated and we want to recognize that we value the work that they do.”

Hemingway is joined by William Kellett, DO, associate professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, in resurrecting the personalized labor and delivery model with the hope that it will convey the message that employees and their families are part of the Vanderbilt family.

Ronald Alvarez, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt said his faculty is ready to provide high quality, personalized service to members of the Vanderbilt workforce and their families.

“Women’s Health has so much to offer to women not only in Middle Tennessee and the greater Nashville region, but to the women who work, or have family members who work, right here at Vanderbilt,” said Alvarez.

“The expertise, experience and commitment of our faculty members is exceptional,” he said. “There is no better place to deliver.”

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