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Olde Towne Medical Center's OB Clinic Provides Care for Uninsured Expectant Mothers

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Nov 11, 2010) –  At one time it wasn’t unusual for women to arrive at the local hospital emergency room to deliver babies when they had received no prenatal care.

But in October 2004, Olde Towne Medical Center opened an obstetrical/prenatal clinic for expectant mothers living in Williamsburg, James City County and York County to provide care to women without health insurance. A grant from the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, created in 1996 as a result of the partnership between Williamsburg Community Hospital and Sentara Healthcare, provides ongoing financial support.

"Some of the women would have been in crisis because of the lack of care," says Dr. Les Wasserman, an obstetrician who has worked at the clinic since 2005. "And in most cases, the problems could have been prevented with good prenatal care."

Expectant mothers may be eligible for Medicaid and an application is filed by the Department of Social Services. If a patient does not qualify for Medicaid, the center arranges a payment plan on a sliding scale. Olde Towne Medical Center enjoys relationships with an extensive referral network, including Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, where babies are delivered, and the majority of physicians in the Williamsburg area. Physicians take turns being on call to deliver babies from the clinic’s patients.

Since opening the clinic has provided services to more than 1,000 expectant mothers, including 194 last year. A group of volunteer interpreters provide services to a significant population of Spanish-speaking patients.

"Our patients get personalized service and are very appreciative for what we can offer them," Wasserman says. "These are patients who are not used to being treated well by the medical establishment, so it means a lot to them."

"Our program has ensured that even those without medical insurance can have healthy pregnancies and babies," says Olde Towne Medical Center Medical Director Alan Norman, M.D. "It’s great that Sentara and local private obstetricians have teamed up with us to make this possible."

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Sentara Community Benefits
Sentara Community Benefits Report October 2010
Sentara Health Foundation
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

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