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Obstetric Emergency Department (OB ED)

About the Obstetric Emergency Department

Mercy Women & Infants' Center has a new service for our expecting patients – an obstetric emergency department (OB ED). The department will be staffed 24/7 by an obstetric hospitalist, and is located in the OB ED and Antepartum Unit on the 3rd floor in the East Tower at Mercy’s central campus.

While other hospitals in Iowa offer laborists to provide 24/7 OB care, Mercy will be the first hospital in the state to offer an OB ED staffed by on-site OB hospitalists. Women who are 14 weeks or further in their pregnancy will be cared for when they present with emergency symptoms related to their pregnancy. Each patient will be seen by the OB hospitalist on call within 30 minutes of arrival. The OB hospitalist will also care for women who present with an OB emergency and don’t have a designated OB, and provide them with contact information for care after discharge.

The OB hospitalist will be dedicated to providing care to patients in the OB ED, but will also provide benefits to the OB providers delivering at Mercy. Some of those benefits include: coverage arrangements if a provider knows he or she will be unavailable, ability to start a delivery if the patient’s OB provider is not there to start, and ability to assist with a delivery if a provider requests assistance. Additionally, the hospitalist program will provide in-patient acute care for transported high-risk patients from outlying areas until they are discharged back to the care of their local provider.


Mercy has partnered with OB Hospitalist Group, a national physician group that specializes in caring for pregnant women, to offer the OB hospitalist and OB ED services. OB Hospitalist Group has contracted with the following local providers to cover the OB hospitalist services at Mercy:

  • David Lang, D.O.
  • Karen Kemp-Glock, D.O.|
  • Stephen Feltz, M.D.
  • Jenna Fiala, M.D.
  • Robert Donnelly, M.D.

For 10 years, OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG) has led the nation in elevating the quality and safety of women’s healthcare by providing 24/7 board certified physicians who deliver real-time triage and hospital-based obstetric coverage to ensure consistent, timely care for patients as well as affordable, non-competitive support for local OB/GYN physicians. OBHG’s national network includes more than 450 dedicated OB hospitalists in nearly 100 partner hospitals across 26 states.


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