(Hartford, Conn. December 30,
2014) - Becker’s Hospital Review,
a leading source of information for healthcare professionals, has listed Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center among the top 100 hospitals in the country
with “great women’s health programs.”
findings, Becker’s noted that, “These hospitals all offer outstanding health
services geared toward women, such as gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused
heart care and women-focused cancer care, among other women's health needs.”
selected for the list based on clinical accolades and recognition for women's
health excellence from various healthcare groups and agencies. Those agencies
include U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, CareChex and UNICEF's
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
“The world-class clinicians
and personalized protocols offered in our new women’s center allow us to
provide coordinated, compassionate care to women throughout the community,” stated
John Rodis, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief
Physician Executive for Saint Francis. “Recognition from organizations like Becker’s is a tribute to our staff and
their dedication to ensuring the highest level of care for the women who use
Saint Francis was
one of three hospitals in Connecticut named to the list, along with Hartford
Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Last year, Saint
Francis Care opened the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at Saint
Francis. The 24,500 square-foot, $9.1 million facility, provides a
comfortable and inviting place for women to receive coordinated specialty care.
The Center brings together dedicated
services from the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, the Women’s Heart
Program, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for
The Center also offers the latest imaging
technology including 3D breast tomosynthesis imaging, ultrasound elastography,
stereotactic image-guided breast biopsies, and bone density scans. A new 3T MRI scanner with advanced scanning
capabilities has been installed in the MRI department adjacent to the new Center.
Radiologists and breast surgeons are on site for breast imaging and
minor surgical services. Mammogram results are provided on the same day as the
Genetic Counselor is on-site full-time, providing services to women and
families at high risk of hereditary cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian
cancer, uterine cancer, and other female hereditary cancer syndromes.
The Center has
recently expanded to offer infusion services for women with gynecologic cancer.
The Saint Francis Department
of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers leading-edge services to women thanks
to specialists in menopause, osteoporosis, and pelvic floor disorders. The
Comprehensive Women’s Health Center
is home to a breastfeeding support group, and the lactation department offers
outpatient lactation consultation.
The Saint Francis Women’s
Heart Program, which in the last seven years has helped over 8,500 women
with the tools to make changes in their lives to stay healthy through free
education and cardiac risk assessments, provides cardiac evaluation, diagnosis,
treatment and exercise programs.
The Integrative Medicine program at the Center provides a holistic approach to
care and healing with acupuncture, massage, nutritional consultation, energy
therapies, herbal remedies and supplements to helping with pain, anxiety, sleep
issues and childbirth.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare
delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an
anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Its services
are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional
medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.