Review: Signature Obgyn

Review: Signature Obgyn

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Fort Wayne, IN

#1 Oct 4, 2011
I used them for my pregnancy. The first thing that made me mad was that I had to keep getting sonos at MD hospital, which is a heck of a drive every few weeks because the one in HOCO was ALWAYS booked. Second thing that made me mad was that I never showed until I was 7 months and was highly concerned about this but my midwife and several doctors I saw said this was ok even though the techs who did the sonograms said she was too small. My fundal height had been off by two weeks the whole time and then went to being 4 weeks off and my midwife and doctor said they would keep an eye on it even though I insisted something wasn't right. Being a first time mom I was terrified of switching docs. At 37 weeks my midwife was on vacation and I saw Dr. Sung who immediately knew something was wrong and did a sono in their office and saw that the baby was only in the 20th percentile for weight and height. She got me in to the HOCO sonogram office where they said she was actually in the 13th percentile and I had a placental issue and low fluid and had to be induced "immediately". Well, "immediately" meant 4 days later on a Sunday which one of the doctors in the practice scheduled. I started having contractions on Friday and went into the office and was told that I was wrong, it was impossible to do inductions on the weekend because no doctor would do them, even though my child's health was at risk. I said well the one doctor, I forgot her name, told me to come in Sunday evening and the doctor I was speaking too, I also forgot her name, told again that I was wrong and I had to come in on Tuesday, even though I had even talked to the hospital staff and was told to come in on Sunday. Well this doctor went ahead and rescheduled me for Tuesday, even though my child's well being was in danger. Once in labor, I rapidly progressed from 6 to 10 cm in 40 min. I felt an extreme urge to push and the same doctor I had seen on Friday was delivering me. She told me once again that I was wrong and there was no way in hell I had to push. I screamed at her several times before a nurse finally checked me and my daughter was half way out at this point. This whole issue could have been avoided if one of the doctors besides Dr. Sung would have listened to my concerns and intuition as a mother. These doctors have no interest in their patients it seems and it is such a big practice that no one communicates with each other. I would never recommend this practice to anyone, ever!

Mountain View, CA

#2 Dec 30, 2014
They are unprofessional and the OB doctors are unresponsive and driven by making money. The office has a horrible stench...smells like a teenage boys locker room. My first encounter with this practice was in 2013. I was looking for a new GYN because i my husband and I had just built a home in the area. I was put on Dr. Phylllis Cambell's schedule. I had read reviews that she was cold but that was not my experience at all. I liked her matter-of-fact approach. I discussed fertility issues & she quickly sent me for testing.
Fast forward to March 2014, I was 18 weeks pregnant. I was admitted to Howard County General for a dilated cervix. The first OB was my assigned OB from Signature, Dr. Tamara Means. She did not examine me for fear that my water would break. It was suggested by maternal fetal medicine that I be placed in Trendelenberg position to remove the pressure from my cervix. The next day I saw Dr. Louis Kokkinokos ( a Signature OB). He recommended that I be taken out of t-berg & that I could sit up but that I could not get out of bed. Each day of my hospital stay, I saw a different OB from Signature. Each Dr. gave me different information. They didn't communicate about my care. No one had a sound consensus of next steps. My condition worsened.
On day 10 of my stay, I began to spot & have contractions. The next day, Dr. Dana Baras was the OB on staff from Signature. This turned out to be the worst day of my life. She examined me because the spotting continued although very light. During the examination, I felt a very uncomfortable pinching/pulling feeling. When she was done , she stated that my water has broken & I needed to be transported to labor & delivery. Several hours later at 20wks 1day, delivered my baby boy. With under developed lungs, he passed away 58min later.
I went back to Dr. Baras for my 6wk postpartum appt. I explained I had pain in my side. She sent me for testing. When the results came in, she told me I had a fibroid the size of an orange that she could remove with outpatient surgery. I didn't feel comfortable with this so I had the results sent to my new maternal fetal medicine doctor. He said that I indeed had a fibroid but that it was OUTSIDE of my uterus & was the size of a grape. He suggested that it be left alone otherwise, surgery would make my cervix weaker. Remembering what my previous GYN told me "Doctors get paid to do surgery" I am certain that money was her motive. I also summized after reviewing my EOBs from my health insurance for my hospital stay, that on April 6, 2014, Dr. Dana Baras of Signature OB/GYN purposely broke my water & caused me to go into premature labor & ultimately lose my baby. She was the only doctor in the practice that was paid in excess of $20k for the delivery of my son!

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