GREENBRAE -- A partnership between Marin General Hospital, Novato-based Prima Medical Foundation, Marin Community Clinics and the county of Marin will help maintain full obstetrics and gynecology services for the uninsured and underinsured, who were increasingly at risk from diminishing public funds.
County government has been running a full-service OB/gyn program in partnership with Marin General but recently had to slash funding by 40 percent, leaving 600 women without adequate health insurance potentially without prenatal care, according to an announcement from the hospital today.
"As a community hospital, we recognized that we have a responsibility to make sure that all members of the community have access to care," said Lee Domanico, Marin General chief executive officer. "So we explored ways that we could merge staff and resources to be able to fill the gap left by decreased funding. Happily, we realized that we also had an opportunity for across-the-board enhancement of our maternity care by merging and consolidating resources. We have been able to augment the round-the-clock availability of physicians for all deliveries at the hospital -- as well as provide the only 24/7 midwifery services accessible to all women, regardless of insurance status, anywhere in Marin or San Francisco counties.
"Every woman in Marin who wants more control and choice over her delivery will benefit from this program."
The 235-bed hospital reached out to local providers for more than a year to structure the partnership to meet the county’s needs and improve the hospital’s maternity offering for privately insured women.