Baylor Scott and White’s Labor and Delivery Department in Brenham is now fully staffed.
The second of two new full-time OB/GYNs recently began working at Baylor Scott and White in Brenham, which now has three board-certified OB/GYNs: Dr. Aaron Campbell, Dr. Vanessa Sarfoh, and Dr. Christina Prendergast. Dr. Sarfoh and Dr. Prendergast were both hired in January, after Baylor Scott and White spent all of 2019 searching for permanent OB/GYN support.
Dr. Prendergast, who began working in Brenham August 24th, said she had a good feeling about coming to Brenham from the moment she came in for her interview.
Dr. Prendergast performed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before going to medical school at the University of North Texas in Fort Worth. She completed her residency training at Texas Tech University in Midland.
Dr. Sarfoh, who started in Brenham March 9th, said big factors in her decision to come to Brenham were closeness to family and ease of travel.
Dr. Sarfoh studied at the University of Pennsylvania, University at Albany, and State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her residency training at MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio, and did a year of GYN surgery training before moving to Brenham.
Dr. Campbell, who has been with Baylor Scott and White in Brenham since July 2012, was not shy to admit that the times without permanent OB/GYN support were very difficult, saying the future for OB/GYN services in Brenham looked bleak for a time. He said he was involved in Baylor Scott and White’s selection process and all interviews, adding he feels Dr. Prendergast and Dr. Sarfoh were “no-brainer choices”. He said their presence does much more than simply fill vacant positions.
After completing undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, Dr. Campbell attended medical school at the University of Texas in Houston. He completed his residency training at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
The Labor and Delivery Department at Baylor Scott and White in Brenham temporarily closed in December of 2018 after Dr. Campbell, the only certified OB/GYN in Brenham at the time, went on medical leave. It was reopened in January of 2019 using OB/GYNs from within and outside the Baylor Scott and White system, with Dr. Campbell providing gynecology and backup labor and delivery services.
Dr. Campbell said the three doctors are already seeing patients come in to register for prenatal care after conceiving in late spring and early summer, during the peak of the COVID-19 shutdown. He said he is expecting quite a surge in newborns, and projects birth numbers will show that from November through early spring of 2021.