July 28, 2021 – To continue bringing consistent care to patients in the hospital, Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale has introduced an OB/GYN hospitalist program, the only hospital in Broward County to have a certified Ob Hospitalist team, partnering with Ob Hospitalist Group, the industry’s largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider.

As part of the program, board certified OB/GYN physicians are immediately available on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to focus on providing consistent care, as well as emergent care to those arriving in labor and delivery. The mission is to elevate the standard of care by ensuring expectant mothers are evaluated and treated by a physician regardless of time of day, complication or circumstance.

Mark Doyle, President and CEO of Holy Cross Health

“We want to provide the best care for our patients and their babies and are committed to delivering the best possible outcome for every patient,” said Mark Doyle, president and CEO of Holy Cross Health. “There is a physician here every minute of the day to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for these women as they give birth and beyond.”

The OB-GYN hospitalist program is staffed with an experienced team of board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists on-site at Holy Cross Health 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. The patient’s physician will make sure that the OB/GYN hospitalist on-site has all patient medical records.

“This is an exciting, yet many times unnerving time for expectant moms,” said Shavonne Ramsey-Coleman, M.D., site director of Ob Hospitalists, and part of the team at Holy Cross Health. “If a patient’s physician is unavailable or delayed in coming to the hospital, there is a board-certified OB/GYN hospitalist that can provide medical expertise and optimal patient care, as well as answer any questions the patient or her family may have.”

In the event the patient’s physician is unavailable, an OB/GYN hospitalist has access to the patient’s medical records and will be there to care for her, address any evolving issues and provide the mother and baby with a safe delivery. The hospitalist team at Holy Cross is highly skilled in a variety of different delivery techniques and are required to maintain high levels of clinical performance and professional standards. They have additional training in neonatal resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support and OB emergency care and are also available for consultations in the hospital and for emergency care in the Emergency Department.

OB/GYN hospitalists maintain communication with other professionals within the hospital including physicians, medical and surgical consultants, discharge planners, social workers, clergy and others. They can expedite care for patients and facilitate connections with providers of home health care, skilled nursing, specialized rehabilitation and more.
In addition to Dr. Ramsey-Coleman, the carefully selected team at Holy Cross includes Jim Alonzo, M.D., Kevin Burlison, M.D., Lillian DeCosimo, M.D., Moises Lichtinger, M.D., Laura Pezzuto, M.D., Phillip Higgins, M.D., Brianna Whittemore, M.D. and Melvin Seid, M.D.

Expectant moms have given birth at Holy Cross Health for more than 60 years. In the Doreen Koenig Blessed Beginnings Maternity Unit, comfortable labor, delivery and recovery suites allow privacy for patients and their babies. To learn more, visit HolyCrossMaternity.com.

About Holy Cross Health:
A member of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale-based Holy Cross Hospital, dba Holy Cross Health, is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross has been named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Miami metro area and among the top 30 in the state in U.S. News and World Report’s 2020-2021 Best Hospital rankings. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. Holy Cross Health also encompasses Holy Cross HealthPlex outpatient facility, urgent care centers and more than 50 Holy Cross Medical Group physician practices. To learn more about Holy Cross Health, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.