The search continues for long-term support at Baylor Scott and White’s Labor and Delivery Care Department in Brenham.

However, officials say the search is looking promising.

Hospital Board Chair Shirley Herring said the hospital has started interviewing a few candidates, and while it hasn’t found the perfect candidate yet, there are several the hospital is very interested in.

Herring said the hospital recently brought one candidate onsite, and is “actively talking” with that candidate. Another candidate is set to come in and speak with staff in September.

Herring stressed that Baylor Scott and White remains committed to the search for permanent OB/GYN coverage in the Brenham community. She added officials are “aggressively pursuing” any personnel they feel would be a good fit for the hospital.

In the meantime, the hospital continues to provide board-certified OB/GYN backup and care for expectant mothers.

After suspending labor and delivery services last December due to a shortage of OB/GYN support in Brenham, those services were continued on January 21st.  The hospital is utilizing Baylor Scott and White resources and the recruiting firm Medicus, which Herring said is the “leading recruiting firm in Texas for non-urban providers”.

Herring said the search for support has proven challenging for the hospital, as there are over 20 vacant OB/GYN positions within a hundred miles of Brenham. She said the hospital is continuing to “diligently market” its open position, and is talking to all available qualified personnel, including those who are completing their training in residency.

Herring also provided an update on the hospital’s recently opened cardiac rehab unit, which she said has exceeded expectations. She said officials are looking into the need for additional capacity.  She also mentioned the expanded weekend hours for its walk-in clinic have been very well received.

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