Valdosta’s Smith Northview Hospital Welcomes New OB/GYNJan 20th, 2011 | By Lynette | Category: Health
About two weeks ago, Dr. Robert Stark joined the staff of Smith Northview Hospital as its newest OB/GYN in Valdosta, Ga..
He joins his wife, Dr. Maria Castellano, a gastroenterolgist who has been working at the Valdosta hospital since September of last year. In fact, Stark now shares an office with his wife. They have been married for sixteen years and have three school-age children, the main reason they relocated to Valdosta…more educational and other opportunities for their children. Stark has practiced in the South Georgia area for the last six years, coming to Valdosta from Waycross, and says he has found the people of Valdosta to be very friendly and welcoming to him and his family, and he looks forward to building up his practice.
Chuck Roberts, Assistant Administrator of Support Services, and Director of Business Development and Community Relations, is also in charge of recruiting doctors for the hospital. However, in Stark’s case, “We’re very fortunate that they found us,” since they were already interested in relocating to the area. They had been looking at schools for their children and took a tour of the hospital as well, and “we started talking.”
The hospital has a new $2.5 million, 6000-square-foot addition to its labor and delivery division, meaning they now have three more labor and delivery suites and two more post-partum rooms, bringing the total now to five labor and delivery rooms and fourteen post-partum rooms. With Stark now on staff, they also have a total of four full time OB/GYN’s. In 2010, the hospital delivered over 650 babies, and now with Starke on board, they hope to bump that total up to over 700 for 2011.
Stark will be building up his practice and accepting new patients in the next few months. For an appointment, contact: 229-588-4419. For a tour of the hospital or other information, contact Chuck Roberts at 229-671-2007.