Best of Both Worlds

UH Ob/Gyn provider serves rural community, links expertise of the system with patients in Ashland

UH Clinical Update - December 2017

Brett Adair, DO Brett Adair, MD

University Hospitals OB-GYN specialist Brett Adair, DO, offers his patients the best of both worlds. Practicing at a small community hospital like UH Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland, he’s often able to manage a patient’s pregnancy from start to finish, from the initial office visits and ultrasound up through labor and delivery. Even when that’s not possible, he makes sure laboring patients see a familiar face. 

“As a provider, my goal is to deliver my patients,” he says. “But OB is full of uncertainty, so we try to plan for that. We do make sure that each patient sees each provider in our practice, so that if something comes up in the middle of the night and I’m not on call, the patient has been established with one of the other providers.”

At the same time he’s offering small-town, personalized care, Dr. Adair also serves as a conduit in the local community to the full specialty and subspecialty resources UH provides.

“We have good access with our new UH affiliation to provide maternal-fetal medicine services and other subspecialty services,” he says. “I think it’s great. As a small community, we have limited resources. Having access to full subspecialty care within a network is awesome for our patients. Access to care for our patients has drastically improved. Because of this, we can provide truly comprehensive OB-GYN care for our community, which is great.”

Dr. Adair earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his OB-GYN residency training at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System). As he begins his career at UH, he says he’s committed to providing his patients with an exceptional care and experience – especially those pregnant women invested in creating the perfect welcoming environment for a child.

“Education, preparation and conversation with the patient are so important – getting to know who they are and coming up with goals for delivery,” Dr. Adair says. “It’s good to be mindful of what the patient wants – who’s going to be there, who’s going to cut the cord, who’s going to be the support person – and work as a team to come up with a shared mental model for what the patient is trying to get out of the delivery and what we’re trying to get out of the delivery so we’re all on the same page. There’s all sorts of expectations and desires for patients. Some don’t know the sex of the baby and want the husband to call it out. These little things go a long way with the patient as far as their excitement and investment in the experience. Once you have an idea of what their expectations are, it helps you navigate what you need to do as a provider.”

For more information about Dr. Adair or to make a referral, please call 419-207-2513.

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