Please join us in welcoming Dr. Amber Somerville, OB/GYN, to the Alliance Community Hospital staff. The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.
Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review
November 6, 2013 at 3:00 AM
Photo by: Kevin Graff, Alliance Review
Alliance Community Hospital recently welcomed a new doctor to the team with the addition of obstetrician/gynecologist Amber Somerville, M.D.
Somerville, who grew up in Mogadore and lives in Green with her husband, Justin, joins Drs. Craig O’Dear and David Robinson at Alliance Obstetrics Inc., replacing Dr. Kwame Amponsah who returned to New Jersey after being on staff at Alliance since 2011.
“Dr. O’Dear and Dr. Robinson are great doctors and I’m really glad to work with them. They definitely have a good reputation in the community and they’re super busy, so it’ll be a really good practice to be with,” Somerville said. “Hopefully I can fill Dr. Amponsah’s footsteps because it seems like he was pretty well liked as well.”
Somerville graduated from Kent State University and NEOUCOM (now NEOMED) in Rootstown. She did her internship with Akron General Medical Center and spent four years in residency at Aultman Hospital, where she delivered more than 800 babies, including more than 20 sets of twins and even some triplets.
She said she chose OB/GYN while in medical school doing her rotations because it seemed to fit. “It’s fun delivering babies and being part of people’s lives,” she said of the specialty. “I liked (obstetrics) because you get to do a little bit of everything. You get to do surgery; you get to deliver babies; you get to be in the office; and you get to know your patients for a long time, which is nice.”
Somerville, who is now a veteran at delivering babies, called her first delivery in medical school fun but scary. She said though she is used to it now, births are still exciting because each one is different.
“I love when the dads are there and they cry, and I think it’s exciting when people don’t know what (gender) they’re having and they get to find out if it’s a boy or girl in the delivery room,” she said.
Somerville said her favorite part of her job is delivering babies for people she regularly sees in the office and has gotten a chance to really know.
She said the most difficult part is when people don’t have a good outcome with their pregnancies. “It’s really hard because you go from the happiest day of people’s lives to the absolute worst day of their lives. That’s definitely difficult,” she explained.
Somerville began to see patients Oct. 16 at the office located in the hospital’s Professional Office Building, 270 E. State St., Suite G100.
While they weren’t specifically looking for a female doctor, ACH public relations specialist Samantha Phillips said patients often ask if there is a female OB/GYN available, so the addition of Somerville now gives patients that new option. “You recruit the best doctor and she just happened to be female, so that worked out in our favor,” Phillips added.
For more information, call Alliance Obstetrics at 330-821-4869 or visit http://www.achosp.org.
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