Sisanie and baby specialist Dr. Lagrew talk maternity care

Pregnancy is an exciting, joyful event in your life. When you choose an OB-GYN from the Providence St. Joseph Health network, you can be confident you’re beginning a relationship that’s based on trust, shared decision making, and medical excellence. Providence St. Joseph Health provides accessible, high-quality, compassionate health care to all in an increasingly uncertain world - regardless of coverage or ability to pay.

Dr David Lagrew, Executive Medical Director, Executive Leader; Women and Children’s Services Institute, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region

Dr. Lagrew is Executive Director of Women’s and Children’s services for Providence St. Joseph Health - Southern California where he oversees services totaling 31,000 deliveries per year. He has been charged with developing the individual Ministries Clinical Institutes and systematizing Women’s Health.

Dr. Lagrew is a maternal fetal medicine specialist and physician informaticist with a special interest in maternal quality improvement. He completed his medical school and residency at the University of Kentucky. He came to Southern California to complete his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and University of California, Irvine. Following the fellowship, Dr. Lagrew eventually became Medical Director at Saddleback Women’s Hospital for 28 years. The hospital was a pioneer effort for cesarean section reduction, emergent cesarean section drills, maternal quality improvement in techniques such as controlling unnecessary inductions and episiotomies.

Dr. Lagrew currently is a member of the Executive Committees of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and California Maternal Data Center. He co-chairs the CMQCC Hemorrhage and Intended Vaginal Birth Taskforces and co-edited the CMQCC Hemorrhage and Primary Cesarean Section reduction toolkits. In 1996 he became the Medical Director for Informatics for the newly formed MemorialCare Physician Society, as part of Memorial Care Health System’s wide effort to adopt electronic medical records. He has given many regional and national presentations on physician adoption of electronic records and the use of clinical data extracted from medical records. He holds triple board certification in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. In addition to these administrative and leadership roles, he continues to active in authoring numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

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