09/21/23

Mississippi Today: Shortage of OB-GYNs is leaving Mississippi moms-to-be stranded for care

Mississippi is just one of many states feeling the impact of the OB/GYN shortage. OBHG's Dr. Norman Connell recently discussed how OBHG is helping to address the shortage with Mississippi Today.  Read below for excerpts from the article and click here to read the full news story.

Connell said the doctors at his company allow the local OB-GYNs to stay in their clinics more often and see patients they need to see. “In addition to that, we’re also the doctor for patients who don’t have physicians on staff there … and for people who haven’t gotten prenatal care and show up with an obstetric problem,” he explained.

Dr. Norman Connell, market medical director for the OB Hospitalist Group and a Vicksburg-based OB-GYN, said about five years ago, the Meridian area had around 12 or 13 obstetric providers, most of them with privileges at both hospitals. Now, there are six providers on staff at both Ochsner Rush and Anderson Regional Medical Center.

In 2021, as a result of the drop in providers, both hospitals signed an agreement with Connell’s company to supply OB-GYN hospitalists, or providers from across the state, or even out of state, who work solely in an inpatient hospital setting. 

“The population of Meridian didn’t shrink, but the area lost over half of the OB providers in a few short years,” Connell said.

Connell said the doctors at his company allow the local OB-GYNs to stay in their clinics more often and see patients they need to see.

“In addition to that, we’re also the doctor for patients who don’t have physicians on staff there … and for people who haven’t gotten prenatal care and show up with an obstetric problem,” he explained.

The group also has contracts with seven other hospitals all over the state, from Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. 

Connell said he thinks the company’s role in the area – and in the state – will only continue to grow.

“I think Meridian paints a picture of (why this work is important),” he said. “... It’s a work in progress. We’re at the very beginning of making things better.” 


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