Reinventing healthcare one patient at a time

Ob/Gyn Hospitalists provide 24-hour support

Ellis Medicine has introduced a first-of-its-kind program to the region that is improving the way care is delivered to pregnant women. The new Ob/Gyn Hospitalist program at Bellevue Woman's Center, which debuted in July 2010, brings an experienced team of board certified obstetricians/gynecologist on-site 24/7 at Bellevue. These dedicated Ob/Gyn physicians deliver babies if a patient's own physician can't be present and are available to handle any emergencies that may arise. These doctors join a team of board certified anesthesiologists in providing around the clock on-site coverage.

"Staffing Bellevue with hospital-based Ob/Gyn physicians, called hospitalists, serve to enhance patient safety, and improve the coordination and efficiency of care," explains Cindy Farrelly, director of Women's Services at Ellis Medicine. "It also provides peace of mind for our patients since a doctor is available, at a moment's notice, to step in to provide care."

Bellevue's dedicated Ob/Gyn physicians provide a number of services, including:

  • Providing care in times of emergency prior to the arrival of a patient's own physician;
  • Supporting the care of high-risk pregnancy patients;
  • Delivering babies for patients who don't have an obstetrician.

"The Ob/Gyn Hospitalist program demonstrates Ellis Medicine's commitment to quality of care and innovation," says Ellis Medicine's Chief of Ob/Gyn Nicholas Kulbida, M.D., who is one of the Ob/Gyn hospitalists at Bellevue. "The program not only improves the quality of care for our patients, but also serves to continue the Bellevue tradition of leading the way in the overall care of women."

Ellis Medicine is contracting with OB Hospitalist Group, LLC, a national physician group specializing in the development, staffing and management of hospital-based Ob/Gyn practices. Hospitalist medicine is a growing trend in health care. In fact, the Society of Hospital Medicine estimates that more than 20,000 hospitalists are practicing in the United States and approximately half of America's hospitals employ hospitalists. Ellis has employed hospitalists for more than a decade.

Meet Our Ob/Gyn Hospitalists

  • Katja E. Bock, MD
    Katja E. Bock, MD
    Bellevue Woman's Center | OB Hospitalist

    2210 Troy-Schenectady Road
    Niskayuna, New York  12309
    Phone: 518-346-9400

    Holds a BA in Philosophy; Biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY and is fluent in German and speak conversational Spanish.

  • Troy Eckman, M.D.
    Troy Eckman, M.D.
    Bellevue Woman's Center | OB Hospitalist

    Bellevue Woman's Center | 2210 Troy Schenectady Road
    Schenectady , New York  12309
    Phone: (518) 346-9419
    Fax: (518) 347-3351