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1SERVICE LINE MARKETING: AN OB CASE STUDY Presented by:Dr. Julie PokelaMarket Street ResearchandBrian O’DeaNewton-Wellesley Hospital
2Workshop ObjectivesTo understand the importance of service line marketing for traditional general hospitals.To understand the process of developing a successful service line marketing campaign, using OB as a case study.
3Importance of Service Line Marketing Increased competition across a broad range of clinical service lines from:Specialty hospitalsOutpatient centersGeneral hospitals with centers of excellenceLow patient volumes in traditional general hospitals for patients requiring specific treatments.Advantages of targeting specific service lines in terms of:Economies of scaleAcquisition of technologiesPhysician recruitmentMarketing costsGrowing market share
4Process of Developing a Service Line Marketing Campaign Assessing which service lines to targetCurrent market share and opportunities for growthProfitabilityClinical strengths vis a vis the competitionAssessing the hospital’s current position in the market among consumers and opportunities for growthDeveloping and implementing the marketing strategy
5Case Study: OB Rationale for targeting OB: The role of obstetrics in a hospital’s overall market positionBuilds hospital loyaltyProfit centerThe unique marketing opportunities afforded by obstetricsHappy eventPlanned event
6Which Comes First: Choosing the Provider or the Hospital? For most women, the selection of a provider for pre-natal care is more important than the selection of a hospital for delivery.
7Primacy of Selecting Provider Over Hospital “[Hospital has] a birthing center that you can deliver and it’s pretty much natural. It looks like a real bedroom. You can deliver in a whirlpool with candles. I’ve witnessed a childbirth like that. Absolutely beautiful. And I just chose—I did not choose that, because I was staying with my doctor that I had.”
8Who Selects Providers/Hospitals First? In many markets, there are no demographic differences between women who select providers vs. hospitals firstIn some markets:Older and more affluent mothers are more likely to select providers firstYounger and less affluent mother are more likely to select hospitals first
9What Is Important to Women in Selecting Providers? Most women have an ob/gyn they use for routine gynecological care, and stay with that provider when they become pregnant.Did you have an ob/gyn you used for routine care prior to becoming pregnant?Did you stay with that ob/gyn for prenatal care?
10ImplicationsThe patients a hospital’s ob/gyns are seeing for routine gynecological care represent the majority of the patients the hospital will capture for obstetricsIt is important to market a hospital’s ob/gyns for routine gynecological careA hospital’s ob/gyns must have appointments available for new patients for routine care in a timely way
11How Do Women Select Ob/Gyns? A great bedside manner is the most important criterion“Any questions that I had they always took me into a room. ‘Let’s talk about it,’ any concerns, and just really coached me a lot, what I will be expecting, what not to worry about, he’s very concerned to make sure that I was eating right for the baby, and he was always one step ahead of me. When I left, I never had to worry about questions, so it was a nice feeling.”Recommendations from family and friends are also important“It’s great that there’s these wonderful ob/gyns at [Hospital] … It’s definitely tempting to tell my sister-in-law, who’s looking for a new ob/gyn. It’s close to home. But unless I talk to a woman that went to one of them, it’s hard. It’s all word of mouth.”
12How Do Women Select Ob/Gyns? (cont.) About one-half of women prefer a female ob“Sometimes it was nice to see the woman, when you were just having all these women’s emotional things, and aches and pains, and she’s had three children and…women understand what it feels like.”Location is important, because most women are selecting an ob/gyn for routine gynecological careAvailability of appointments is also key
13How Do Women Select a Hospital? Provider affiliation is frequently the only criterion, because most women select their provider firstLocation is key to a segment of the market“I just assumed I would go to [Hospital] because it was the closest hospital.”Most women are willing to bypass the closest hospitalHaving 24 hour availability of epidurals is highly important in most markets, although many women assume that all hospitals offer this.“That’s why I didn’t go to [Hospital], because they can’t always do [epidurals]. They only have an anesthesia team that’s there during regular business [hours]. That was my number one factor.”
14How Do Women Select a Hospital? (cont.) There are some factors that are important for patient satisfaction, but don’t play a major role in hospital selection“High touch”Physical facilityWomen who are concerned about high-risk births consider “high tech” factors. For most women, this is not a significant criterion.Having a wide range of birthing options is less important and women can be skeptical about being able to use options“I have found that touring hospitals they promise you all of that stuff, and then you get there, and they’re like, ‘Oh, no, you lay in the bed and that’s it.’ I was asking about a water birth because I wanted to get in a tub of some sort. I mean it’s awful, nothing. They were like, ‘You have an IV, you have a catheter, that’s it,’ and when I came on my tour, I was promised all this stuff.”Most women are not aware that there are different levels of nurseries, and don’t want to think about problems with their babies“I don’t think I even thought [about the nursery]. I think, especially the first time around, I was just more concerned about myself.”
15Obstetrical Collaboration has Long Gestation Period Case Study: Newton-Wellesley HospitalObstetrical Collaboration has Long Gestation Period
16The Market BIDMC MetroWest Mt. Auburn NEMC St. E’s NWH 10 mi MGH BWH CaritasNorwoodNWHBWHMt. AuburnSt. E’sBIDMCMGHNEMC10 mi
17Overview Declining Birth rate Reimbursement not keeping pace Physician challengesIncreased competitionNWH had capacityBWH over capacity
18Better Together?Our market research did show that almost all categories of patients would favorably view a collaboration between BWH and NWH.Could BWH and NWH create an OB/GYN program that addresses health care for women and achieve institutional goals?
19Better Together? (cont.) “What impact does the collaboration with BWH have on your perception of NWH’s maternity department?”NWH loyalistsNWH/PHS AMC splittersCompeting comm hosp loyalistsCompeting comm hosp/ PHS AMC splittersPHS AMC loyalistsCompeting AMC loyalists% of totalMuch more positiveSomewhat more positiveA “loyalist” prefers a hospital for both routine and specialty care, while a “splitter” prefers the first hospital for routine and the second for specialty.Source: Market Street Study, 2002
20Our Two Medical Staffs Were Not So Sure History of competitionCulture and StrategyPrivate practice versus academic medical centerMarket perception issuesBrand issuesFinancial issuesMD practice issues (e.g. site changes, splitting time)Governance issues (e.g. titles)Perception that service was “devalued”High resistance all around!
21The (birth) PlanEnhance the program in ways that would benefit NWH Obs and demonstrate a commitment to expanding the scope of care to BWH docsMaternal Fetal Medicine ProgramAssisted Reproductive Technologies (A.R.T.)Gyn OncUro-GynFully integrate both servicesJoint clinical leadershipQuality oversightGeography driven cross-referral
22The (birth) Plan (cont.) It was a long and complex project with many competing interests in a multi-sided negotiation. It would ultimately take a year and a half to execute.The biggest single component ended up being migrating the HVMA Wellesley site business to NWH (from the Brigham), and reopening an OB practice at Dedham Medical
23The Delivery (cont.)"The response from our patients has been better than our group ever hoped for. In our first year over 80% made the transition with us from the Brigham to Newton-Wellesley and word of mouth has spread so quickly that we are now getting patients transferring from our other Brigham sites. Our patients especially appreciate access to Brigham and Women's maternal-fetal medicine specialists while enjoying the newly renovated, state of the art facility with Newton-Wellesley's personalized and family friendly care.“Lori Wroble, MDHarvard Vanguard Medical Associates
24The Delivery (cont.)"The presence of the maternal fetal medicine physicians at Newton-Wellesley enables me to continue caring for my patients during complicated pregnancies while providing them with the best high-risk resources the Boston area has to offer.“Heidi Angle, MDNewton-Wellesley Obstetrics and Gynecology
25The Delivery (cont.)“He collaborated really well with my Ob…we really liked the intimacy and connection with the doctors”Karen KornOb Patient
26The Delivery 8 new Ob/Gyns practicing at three sites 7 new Nurse MidwivesA 14% increase in deliveries1,700 A.R.T. visits/year32 Gyn Onc. procedures/year1,300 M.F.M. “assists”/year
27Presenter Contact InformationJulie Pokela, Ph.D., PresidentMarket Street Research, Inc.Brian O’Dea, Director, Marketing and Public AffairsNewton-Wellesley Hospital