NEWPORT—Two OB/GYNs have joined the Tennova staff at Newport Medical Center.
Starting Monday, Sept. 9, Drs. William B. Harris and Jeanette Toney will open their offices to new patients.
Bringing these respected physicians on board is part of the overall focus on women’s health care at the hospital.
Matthew Littlejohn, CEO at Newport Medical Center, said women in the community will no longer have to travel to receive great care.
“We recruited two OB/GYNs and they will be the first to serve this county in almost 15 years,” Littlejohn said.
“Women’s health care is important to us, and these doctors will be here to take care of the women in this community.”
Dr. Harris specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, pelvic reconstructive surgery and incontinence surgery as well as normal and high-risk obstetrics. He also offers annual well-woman exams and screenings.
Dr. Jeanette Tobey is experienced in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and has a special interest in adolescent gynecology, well-woman visits, evaluation of menstrual issues and obstetrics care from pre-pregnancy planning through delivery. She also performs women’s health surgeries.
Both doctors will also deliver babies in the hospital’s new birthing center.
Dr. Harris hopes to build on the traditions that were established at Newport Medical Center many years ago.
“My hope is that we can build on the traditions of good obstetrical and prenatal care here in Newport,” Harris said.
“Dr. Tobey and I are both board certified in our field and we are well acquainted with high-risk obstetric care. We will be able to give that and much more to the women of this community.
“We want to provide them with the option to stay in Newport as opposed to seeking treatment at another center of care.”
Dr. Tobey is excited to build relationships with new patients in Newport, while providing much needed services that were not available in the past.
“The need is great in this community, and I am glad that we will be able to educate women about their bodies,” Tobey said.
“I will be starting from scratch here so I will get to know each of my patients from day one. We can provide annual exams and checkups along with preventative care.
“Newport has a small town feel that is nice and welcoming. Everyone knows each other, and for me it felt like the right place to be.”
Littlejohn said the recruitment of the new OB/GYNs was the final piece in the recruitment puzzle to bolster the hospital’s efforts to support women’s health care.
He said more plans are in place for the hospital looking forward to 2020. He hopes to continue to build trust with the community.
“I asked to come here because I saw a hospital that had the foundation and key elements to be a great community hospital,” Littlejohn said.
“We had the busiest emergency room in East Tennessee, but lacked a developed medical staff. My focus has been to build the right staff around this community to provide the same quality care as the Mayo Clinic or Vanderbilt.
“Our OB/GYNs were one of the final pieces in terms of recruitment. They chose to come here and invest in the community. I hope the community will trust us to become their women’s health care provider.”
The hospital has done many things to show that women’s health care is a priority.
They have worked to improve care and treatment of breast cancer by bringing a specialized surgeon to the hospital. They offer medical oncology, pathology and radiology.
Specialists walk the patient through the entire process and provide a treatment approach that works best for the individual.
The birthing center, which opened earlier this year, was one of the largest capital investments for the hospital in decades.
The Tennova Women’s Care unit where Harris and Tobey will practice is located in suite 305 on the third floor of the professional building.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new center will be held in October.