FAQ: OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. Closing

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Effective Friday, May 29, 2015, OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. closed its practice. At the same time, the Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center mammography satellite location within the OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. building also closed. Mammography patients from the satellite location were contacted by mail in May 2015 notifying them of this upcoming change. Please see below for additional information about this change:
 

Mammography Services

Where can I go for my mammogram now?
Because the Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center has been providing mammography services at the OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. office, we hope you will continue scheduling your mammograms with us. Our satellite location was run by Covenant staff with our equipment, so you’ll continue to see the familiar faces. The only real change is the location as you’ll now go into the Outpatient & Women’s Center and go to the Fourth Floor to the breast center. The great news is that you’ll now have access to advanced technology with 3D Mammography!
 
Our office staff is available to assist you with questions about Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center, or with scheduling an appointment, by calling 319.272.7039. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-in patients accepted are welcome, but please call ahead to ensure we can provide you with prompt service.
 
What will happen to my mammogram records?
Your mammogram records have been, and are still, safely in the hands of the Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center at Covenant Medical Center. If you have questions about obtaining or transferring your records, please call 319.272.7039.
 

With the closing of this practice, the current Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic will transfer into the former OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. building effective Summer 2015. Updates will be made to the building, and after completion, services will begin. Until updates are complete, services will be provided in the clinic’s current space at Covenant Medical Center. Current patients of the clinic will be contacted by mail notifying them of this upcoming move. Please see below for additional information about this change:

Prenatal & Women’s Health Services

Where can I schedule an appointment for prenatal and women’s health services now?
The Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic midwives at Covenant Medical Center are accepting new patients. If you have questions about prenatal and women’s health services with Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 319.272.8200.
 
Partners in OB-GYN, which includes providers Dr. Rellihan, Dr. Hines, Dr. Weno, Dr. Lipinski, Dr. Onuigbo, and soon, Dr. Solheim, will also welcome new patients to their practice. If you have questions about prenatal and women’s health services with Partners in OB-GYN, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 319.233.8865.
 
Who can receive care at the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic?
The midwives at our clinic see women of all ages, providing gynecology services in addition to obstetric and prenatal care. Whether you are entering adolescence, embracing motherhood, maintaining wellness, or making life transitions, the staff and providers of the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic will be here for you. Partners in OB-GYN providers are also able to provide these same services to women of all ages.
 
What types of insurance does the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic accept?
Private insurance such as United Healthcare, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deere Premier and many others will be accepted, as well as Medicare, Iowa Health & Wellness plans, Medipass, and all Medicaid products. Self-pay discounts are available to patients with no insurance, and Community Care may be an option for those who qualify.
 
What are Gap Exceptions for Deere Premier insurance?
This process needs to be completed by your primary care or referring provider in order to get approval for services not regularly covered by Deere Premier insurance. With the exception of outpatient lab services, all other services performed at Covenant Medical Center or Sartori Memorial Hospital require a gap exception.
 
Where is the current Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic located?
The current location of this clinic is on the Fourth Floor of the Covenant Medical Center Outpatient & Women’s Center building. In Summer 2015, it will move to a new location.
 
Where will the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic move to in Summer 2015?
The new location of this clinic will be 432 King Drive, Waterloo, Iowa, within the former OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. building. When this move takes place, the name of the clinic will change to Covenant Midwives & Women's Health Center.
 
Who are the providers at this clinic?
Jaclyn Roman, CNM
Laura Dellos, CNM
Linda Milner, CNM
Anne Forcey, CNM*
Kim Boote, CNM*
Lindsey Northness, WHNP
 
*Anne and Kim will continue to see patients at 432 King Drive in Waterloo until Friday, May 29, 2015. They will then be located at the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic at Covenant Medical Center until the clinic permanently moves to their new location in Summer 2015.
 
What are midwives?
A midwife is a health care professional who provides an array of health care services for women that can include medical histories and gynecological examinations, family planning counseling, prescriptions, and labor and delivery care. Providing expert care during labor, delivery, and after birth is a specialty of midwives that makes them unique. Midwives work closely with OB-GYN doctors, and if the care of a doctor is needed the patient will be referred.
 
Our Board Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses with advanced practice training. They have a master’s degree in midwifery and are board certified to offer expert and personalized care for normal pregnancy, childbirth and gynecology. Our midwives are skilled professionals in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth, as well as offering individualized health care, education and counseling to women throughout their life cycle.


Former OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. patients have several common questions about this transition. Please see below for additional information:

Additional Information

Is the closing of OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. permanent?
Yes, this is a permanent practice closure.
 
Is Dr. Douglas Stanford retiring?
Yes. We wish him the best in his retirement after many years of service to the community.
 
What about Dee and Amanda from OB-GYN Specialists, P.C.? Where are they going?
According to the letter from OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. dated Tuesday, April 28, 2015, “At this time, Dee Bolhuis, ARNP, and Amanda Farmer, PA-C, have not accepted another position.”

What will happen to my medical records?

  • If your records were requested by the deadline stated in the OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. closing announcement letter, records will be transferred as indicated by you with no fee.
  • If your records were not requested by the deadline stated in the letter, they are being safely stored with Clary Document Management until your new physician is able to request the records when needed, in which case there will be no fee.
  • If records were not requested by the deadline and you want your records to be sent directly to your home, there will be a $25 fee.

We want to minimize concerns and help you through this process. Please call the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic at 319-272-8200 with questions or concerns about your records. The staff in the clinic will help explain the records process and direct you to Clary Document Management as needed.