FAQ

board certified obgyn physiciansAre the physicians at Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology board-certified?
All physicians at Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology are board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. However, our physicians are not content to stop with this rigorous one-time process. All of our physicians consistently participate in a recertification process, read specialty journals, and regularly attend continuing medical education activities. All physicians are also active fellows in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Why does the practice perform deliveries and surgeries at Duke Regional Hospital?
Our practice has a long-standing relationship with Duke Regional Hospital, extending over thirty years. Duke Regional is a state-of-the-art community hospital affiliated with Duke University. As such we feel it offers the best environment for personalized obstetrical and gynecological care, while providing access to all the resources of Duke’s health care system.

The nursing staff in Labor and Delivery is made up of caring and experienced nurses, contributing to Duke Regional Hospital’s reputation as THE best place to have a baby. With the neonatologists from Duke on staff at Duke Regional and the skilled nursing team in Labor and Delivery, we feel we have an unbeatable combination.

Duke Regional and its affiliated ambulatory surgical center are fully equipped with the most modern of surgical equipment, including that required for minimally invasive surgery. In summary, Duke Regional offers the best advantages of a community hospital to our obstetrics and gynecological patients.

Why does the practice share call duties with Durham Women’s Clinic?
Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology is a busy practice, serving the needs of numerous patients 24 hours a day. For our obstetrical patients, there is an opportunity to meet our partners from Durham Women’s Clinic.

Our participation in this collaborative on-call system allows all of our patients to be cared for by a rested physician when services outside our office are needed. It also allows us more office time for all of our patients than we would be able to provide, were we not in a shared call system.  Both practices share in the philosophy of individualized care and state-of-the-art medicine. The remaining large OB/Gyn groups at Duke Regional Hospital are part of the Duke System, and have a similar call-sharing arrangement.

Which providers deliver babies?
Within our practice, Drs. Hardison, Miller, and Martinelli perform obstetrical deliveries. We share call responsibilities, including deliveries, with some of the physicians of Durham Women’s Clinic. They are Drs. Gunter, Frenduto, Desai, and Schreiber. Also available 24 hours and 7 days a week are our certified nurse midwives, Mary Ellen Lowry, Leigh Ann Joel, Sue Holliday, Cara Wolf, and Amy Dixon.

Why does the staff wear blue jeans on Friday?
Chapel Hill Ob/Gyn started “Jeans Day” in an ongoing effort to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. For the privilege of wearing their blue jeans to work on Fridays, our staff makes ongoing financial contributions to local organizations for breast cancer awareness and research. We invite you to join us in our efforts!

How do I report a compliment or suggestion?
De Stokes, our practice administrator, is always happy to hear any compliments or suggestions you may have for our practice. Simply call our office at 919-942-8571 and ask for her. If she is unavailable, you may leave a message or ask for Debra Fields, our administrative manager. Thank you!