100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs

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Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospitals to its list, "100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs." These hospitals offer outstanding programs within women's health, including gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other gender-specific conditions and health needs.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected these hospitals based on clinical accolades, quality care and women's health proficiencies and awards. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by several sources, including HHS and its National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health model, U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, the World Health Organization's and UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Delta Group CareChex and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers. The following content should be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list and are presented in alphabetical order.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital provides Level III obstetric, perinatal and neonatal services within its gynecology and obstetrics program — the highest level of care designated by Illinois. Its Women and Infants Center also provides women with specialized nurses, private birthing suites and an advanced neonatal intensive care unit for high-risk cases. Advocate Good Samaritan oncologists, hematologists and surgeons also treat breast and gynecological cancers through a wide array of procedures, advanced radiation therapies and minimally invasive surgeries.

Anderson Hospital (Cincinnati). Women's health needs are focused along a continuum of care at Anderson Hospital, part of the six-hospital Mercy Health. Anderson Hospital, a "Baby Friendly" institution as rated by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, offers maternity services with a Level II nursery. It also has a women's health center to ensure all patients have the right mix of physicians, nurses and technologists during their visit.

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus offers several programs and events for women's health, ranging from free mammograms to specific programs for women's heart, mental, sexual and bone health. Its "Journey to Optimal Health" consultations also allow women to visit with nurse practitioners, who collaborate with primary care physicians and give education and support on women's most essential health needs. Aspirus, a three-time recipient of HealthGrades' maternity care excellence award, also has a state-of-the-art birthing center and newborn intensive care unit.

Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). From the Breast Care Center to the Birth Center, Aultman Hospital's women's health program —a center of excellence and winner of HealthGrades' maternity care excellence award — provides women with several outlets for essential health services. The Breast Care Center, accredited by the American College of Radiology, offers breast screening, diagnostic digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound-guided breast core biopsies and other core breast health services.

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). Breast health services, obstetric services, incontinence treatment from a team of urogynecologists and pelvic floor rehabilitation specialists — these offerings make Aurora St. Luke's one of the most comprehensive women's health programs in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists guide women through high-risk pregnancies, and Aurora experts also perform the cutting-edge, minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries as advanced treatment options.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix). Roughly 80 percent of all Banner Health employees are women, and the emphasis on quality women's healthcare services is epitomized at Banner's flagship organization, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Ranked in the top 40 hospital nationally for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report, Banner Good Samaritan offers maternity services, gynecology services, breast health, heart health and educational programs. John Martin, MD, one of Phoenix Magazine's "Top Docs," oversees The Women's Center, which is a center devoted to comprehensive women's health by combining academic training for obstetrics and gynecology residents with board-certified faculty physicians.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital, one of the top academic medical centers in the Midwest and country, offers top care throughout all phases of a woman's life — pre-reproductive, child-bearing and menopausal years — through the Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Siteman Cancer Center and other facilities. Other features within the gynecology department include a fetal care center, high-risk pregnancy services and reproductive endocrinology. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Barnes-Jewish 10th in the country in gynecology and is one of the top women's health hospitals in St. Louis.

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont's women's health center of excellence has some of the leading programs in the nation, including minimally invasive gynecological services, reproductive genetics, the Women's Urology Center (the only multidisciplinary center dedicated to treating female urological incontinence and pelvic pain in the Midwest), the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center and a comprehensive breast care program. In total, Beaumont has more than 125 obstetric and gynecologic specialists and subspecialists, and researchers also conduct several clinical trials on advanced women's health treatments. The hospital is also a Baby-Friendly Hospital, as designated by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center (Mechanicsville, Va.). Bon Secours Memorial and Bon Secours St. Mary's, its sister hospital, were the only two hospitals in the Richmond, Va.-area to receive Magnet status in 2009. Bon Secours Memorial offers some of the most advanced and effective women's health treatments in the area, such as advanced mammography and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries. The hospital also offers "Love and Learn with Bon Secours," a program that offers classes and education for pregnancy, birth and parenting — one of the largest such programs in Virginia.

Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, Mo.). Since 1921, Boone Hospital Center has been the epicenter for numerous newborns in the mid-Missouri region. The hospital sees roughly 2,000 births per year and has a wide-ranging selection of services as a referral hospital: amniocentesis, digital mammography and other breast health treatments. Boone Hospital's Harris Breast Center, a freestanding structure, is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Last year, CareChex rated Boone Hospital Center 12th in the country for quality in its women's health programs, and the hospital has won the Women's Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades the past three years.

Boston Medical Center. The Women's Health Group at Boston Medical Center, established in 1985, was one of the first in the nation to focus exclusively on the unique healthcare needs of women. BMC, designated a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by HHS, offers a comprehensive array of clinical services for women, including bone health, breast health, comprehensive gynecology, menopause care, mental health, preventive medicine and a program to help women who are victims of violence.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Hospital has provided specialized women's healthcare for roughly 175 years, making it not only a leader in women's health programs in the United States but also abroad. Ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report in gynecology services, Brigham and Women's also offers several other specialized programs in maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology, women's cardiovascular disease, lupus, women's sports medicine and more. In 1976, researchers at Brigham and Women's launched the Nurses' Health Study, one of the largest and longest-running studies of women ever conducted that has led to groundbreaking research in every area of health.

Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. Part of Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Hospital offers some of the most extensive women's healthcare within the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. Obstetrics and gynecology professionals at the hospital specialize in several areas, including gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and urogynecology. The Bryn Mawr Center for Reproductive Medicine uses advanced reproductive technology, including in vitro fertilization and andrology services, and Bryn Mawr's Care for Female Pelvic Floor Disorders program is one the largest pelvic floor disorder treatment programs in the Philadelphia area.

Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). The women's health program at Carle Foundation Hospital includes services ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to midwifery and maternal-fetal medicine. Carle's midwifery practice is the largest in downstate Illinois. The hospital also offers minimally invasive treatments, such as da Vinci robotic surgery for complex hysterectomies. With its neonatal intensive care unit, Carle is the only hospital in the region offering Level III perinatal services. In 2011 and 2012, HealthGrades recognized Carle with the Women's Health Excellence Award.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). An esteemed medical center in the Los Angeles area, Cedars-Sinai's women's health programs expand far and wide. The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center is one of the leading institutes in the country focusing on the treatment and identification of women's heart disease. Cedars-Sinai also offers breast care at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, maternity services for the simplest or most complex of pregnancies, obstetrics and gynecologic services that include a specific female pelvic floor health program and an established women's health research registry for clinical trials.

Christiana Hospital (Wilmington, Del.). Christiana Hospital is the only HHS-designated National Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health in its region and consequently has some of the area's leading women's health programs. The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center offers care for breast services and gynecologic oncology, and it is one of the primary breast MRI units within Delaware. High quality measures within its gynecology services also place Christiana as a top hospital within the Philadelphia metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Cleveland Clinic. Renowned for its heart care, Cleveland Clinic also has a nationally recognized women's health program. It offers one of the only special delivery units in the country — a unit with a team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and others who offer coordinated care for pregnant women and newborns in extremely critical condition. In 2010, Cleveland Clinic researchers at its Lerner Research Institute also developed a prototype vaccine that could prevent breast cancer. Overall, Cleveland Clinic ranks third nationally in gynecology services, according U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2012-2013.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.). Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has consistently ranked among the best hospitals in gynecology care, and its massive list of women's health services has set it apart in New Hampshire. In addition to being a Baby-Friendly facility, the hospital has a comprehensive breast program included within its nationally recognized cancer research and treatment center. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's gynecologic oncology division also diagnoses and treats gynecologic cancers, participates in clinical trials and works to advance the understanding of cancer in women.

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Part of Duke Health, Duke University Hospital's multidisciplinary team of women's health physicians and researchers address nearly every health issue a woman can have, from benign gynecologic disorders to complex infectious diseases. Duke's staff of female cardiologists also evaluates women, young and old, for cardiovascular risks. The department of obstetrics and gynecology was established in 1931, and it sees more than 85,000 specialty and subspecialty outpatients annually. This past year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke as the eighth best hospital in the nation for gynecology services.

EMH Elyria (Ohio) Medical Center. For the past four years, the 387-bed, three-campus hospital has received the HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award, ranking it among the top 5 percent in the nation for women's health. EMH's women's health programs focus on every stage of a woman's life and place extra emphasis on preventive measures such as yearly gynecology exams. There are four main physicians within EMH's women's health program, and they also provide services in urogynecology and minimally invasive surgeries when needed.

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital's women's health program includes the basic gynecology and obstetrics services, but it also has a breast health center, women's heart center and reproductive center. Top reproductive endocrinologists treat a wide range of medical issues, including polycystic ovary syndrome, stress-induced infertility and more, and Emory physicians also perform uterine fibroid embolization — a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomies. Last year, the hospital was ranked 22nd by U.S. News & World Report for gynecology, and in 2010, eight Emory gynecologists were named "Top Doctors" by Atlanta Magazine.

Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Clinical outcomes in the gynecology and obstetrics divisions of Evanston Hospital, and parent organization NorthShore University HealthSystem, have consistently ranked favorably compared with other similar institutions across the country. The hospital's Caesarean section rate is far lower than the average institution within the National Perinatal Information Center's 2011 database. Evanston Hospital serves as the primary NorthShore site for maternal-fetal medicine services and also serves as a teaching hub for the University of Chicago Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship training program. Evanston Hospital also serves as a regional perinatal network hospital for northeastern Illinois, meaning high-risk mothers and high-risk babies are transferred to Evanston to receive care in its infant special care unit.

Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina, Minn.). Fairview Southdale Hospital offers comprehensive women's healthcare within the Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services. Its maternal-fetal medicine team has the only physician in Minnesota who is dually trained in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics, and the hospital's maternal-fetal medicine centers are part of the University of Minnesota National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Fairview Southdale's breast center is also an American College of Radiology-designated breast imaging center of excellence.

Flagler Hospital (St. Augustine, Fla.). Flagler Hospital would be nothing without women. Henry Flagler, the hospital's namesake, brought together the most influential women in St. Augustine in 1888 to plan a hospital for the community. The women accepted the challenge and consequently helped formulate Flagler Hospital, which opened in 1890. The hospital is now seen as a beacon for women's health in the area, receiving HealthGrades' Women's Health Excellence Award every year since 2010. Flagler Hospital has a maternity services center of excellence, which provides childbirth preparation classes and private postpartum suites, and it also provides digital mammography and a breast cancer patient navigator program.

Florida Hospital (Orlando). The flagship hospital of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital's roots to women's health services go back to its establishment. One of the first female physicians in the United States helped found Florida Hospital in 1908, and its Women's Center is a cornerstone of care, just as it was when the hospital opened. Services at the Women's Center include cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, digestive, imaging, maternity and obstetrics, breastfeeding support, menopause counseling, minimally invasive surgery, gynecology, orthopedics and more.

Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and Health Center. In July 2005, Glendale Memorial, part of San Francisco-based Dignity Health, was the first hospital in Los Angeles County to be designated a Baby-Friendly hospital. It provides private birthing suites for patients with a Level II neonatal intensive care unit nearby for high-risk pregnancies. Glendale Memorial also has a certified comprehensive perinatal services program, deemed by the California Department of Public Health, which incorporates basic obstetrical care and other women's health services for low-income pregnant women.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, Wis.). Gundersen Lutheran offers many women's health services unique to its region and is ranked in the top 15 in the nation for women's health quality, according to CareChex's 2012 ratings. Its Fertility Center is the only one in the area to offer an in-vitro fertilization program, and it also has the first and largest midwifery program in Wisconsin. Gundersen Lutheran has the La Crosse region's only board-certified, full-time perinatologist who can work with high-risk pregnancies. The Avery R. Gundersen Center for Women in Gundersen Lutheran's Onalaska Clinic is the newest component of the hospital's women's health program, as it brings a range of clinical services — ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to educational programming — into one location.

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Within Hackensack University Medical Center is the Donna A. Sanzari Women's Hospital, which opened in 2009. The hospital has 14 private labor, delivery and recovery rooms, 60 private mother-baby rooms and a maternal-fetal medicine perinatal diagnostic unit. The department of obstetrics and gynecology has more than 100 physicians, and it is a designated training site for the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which has been used to treat various benign and cancerous gynecologic conditions. From 2010 through 2012, HealthGrades presented HackensackUMC with the Women's Health Excellence Award, and the hospital also ranks in the top 50 by CareChex for women's health quality.

Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach (Fla.). The 944-bed hospital's Center for Oncology offers the area's only gynecologic oncology services. In addition, the Board of the Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy approved Halifax Health in 2008 as the first program in Florida to participate in the gynecologic endoscopy fellowship program, which provides top training for laparoscopic and robotic surgeries in gynecology cases. Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach is also an area leader in obstetrics, delivering more than 2,000 babies every year, and it has the area's only obstetrics emergency department.

Hutzel Women's Hospital (Detroit). Founded in 1868, Hutzel Women's Hospital, which is part of Detroit Medical Center and Harper University Hospital, is the second-oldest hospital in Detroit. Seven women helped create the hospital after the Civil War, and since then, it has become one of the most recognized women's health centers in the country. It is home to several medical firsts in women's health: In 1909, it established Michigan's first research lab devoted to studying "the diseases of women;" Michigan's first successful in vitro births were born at Hutzel in 1984; and in 2002, it became a pioneer organization for treating women with polyscystic ovarian syndrome who have infertility problems.

Hartford (Conn.) Hospital. Hartford Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Connecticut, is one of the top birthing centers in the state. It delivers more than 4,000 babies every year and has a nationally recognized residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. Hartford Hospital — a three-time recipient of HealthGrades' Women's Health Excellence Award and a Baby-Friendly Hospital — also participates in the national Gynecology Oncology Groups, an organization that aims to promote clinical and scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Holy Cross Hospital (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Holy Cross Hospital has a unique women's center — the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center — designed for women and by women. The Jeane M. Dorini Women's Imaging and Diagnostic Suite, designated a breast imaging center of excellence by the American College of Radiology, offers digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound exams. The hospital also offers several other outpatient treatments, including a specialized osteoporosis program.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Penn Medicine's flagship facility is a mainstay of women's health programs in the Philadelphia area, offering care in several different areas in the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women's Health: OB/GYN, behavioral health, breast health, cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedic care and more. HUP — ranked 23rd in the country for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report this year — also has the only reproductive research laboratory in the Philadelphia region, as it also works with the Women's Health Clinical Research Center and Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center.

Huntington Hospital (Pasadena, Calif.). Founded in 1892, Huntington Hospital has given its women's health program a comprehensive focus since the doors first opened. Roughly 1,000 gynecological surgeries are performed at the hospital each year using state-of-the-art minimally invasive and hysteroscopic technologies. Its Huntington-Hill Breast Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers — one of the few in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country. HealthGrades has given its Women's Health Excellence Award to Huntington Hospital in each of the past three years.

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital/University Hospital (Indianapolis). In addition to general obstetrical and gynecologic care, IU Health Methodist and University Hospitals, the downtown Indianapolis flagship of IU Health, employs Indiana's largest staff of maternal-fetal medicine physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies. A Magnet-hospital with a Baby-Friendly designation, IU Health Methodist/University also offers some of the most advanced urogynecologic services in the state, and physicians and researchers are actively involved in research and education for new and innovative women's health treatments at the IU Health Methodist Research Institute.

Ingalls Memorial Hospital (Harvey, Ill.). Ingalls Memorial Hospital, based in the south suburbs of Chicago, offers a full range of services for women and their families. The hospital's breast care has received numerous accolades: The Richard K. Desser, MD, Comprehensive Breast Center is accredited through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers — the first hospital in the south Chicago to achieve the designation — and it also offers access to more than 50 active cancer research studies. Ingalls Memorial Hospital also was the first community hospital in the area to offer uterine fibroid embolization to treat uterine fibroid tumors.

Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.). Inova Fairfax Hospital has one of the largest and busiest obstetrics programs in the Washington, D.C., area, and it also offers the area's largest gynecology program with expertise in gynecologic oncology. In addition to its Level III neonatal intensive care unit, Inova Fairfax offers one of the largest teams of infertility and reproductive endocrinology specialists in the region. The hospital also sponsors the InovaCares Clinic for Women, which provides outpatient prenatal and gynecological charity care for indigent patients who live in Fairfax County.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, N.J.). Jersey Shore University Medical Center's women's health program centers around five main services: a breast care program, the Perricone Center for Gynecologic Oncology, maternity, the Perinatal Institute and a pelvic reconstructive surgery and urogynecology program. JSUMC's team of obstetricians and gynecologists work closely with the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, also in Neptune, for maternity and perinatal services, and it is one of the only hospitals in the area that offers water birth options for women.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). Few women's health programs compare to Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Specific care centers for women's cardiovascular health, mood disorders, pelvic health and more set the hospital apart, and Johns Hopkins' department of gynecology and obstetrics offers world-renowned care for women seeking fertility, gynecological oncology and maternity services. Since 1995, Johns Hopkins has also hosted its annual women's health conference, A Woman's Journey, which features seminars taught by Johns Hopkins faculty physicians and scientists. Women are able to hear first-hand about the different advances and research in women's health medical specialties.

Kaiser Permanente Downey (Calif.) Medical Center. Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, a 352-bed hospital that opened in fall 2009 and cost $390 million, replaced Kaiser's Bellflower Medical Center, which was 44 years old at the time. A Baby-Friendly facility that helps with more than 1,700 births annually, Downey Medical Center offers women the latest treatments and procedures in gynecology and obstetrics in state-of-the-art operating rooms and private suites. In 2012, CareChex rated Downey Medical Center a top 20 hospital for women's health quality.

Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). Keck Hospital of the USC's women's health program provides dedicated care with its academic medical center environment. The Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Breast Center offers the latest diagnoses, treatments, reconstruction, counseling, imaging and after-care help in one location, and Keck Hospital has a clinic for women's cancers and a fertility division within the Keck School of Medicine. Keck Hospital also offers comprehensive reproductive health services in an outpatient setting.

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Within Lancaster General Hospital is the Women & Babies Hospital, a facility that opened in 2000 and focuses completely on the healthcare needs of women in the region. Physicians at the hospital deliver more than 4,000 babies per year, more than any other in Lancaster County, and the Suzanne H. Arnold Center for Breast Health was the first breast cancer program in the county to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Lancaster General's Women & Babies Hospital is also the only woman's hospital in the area to have a da Vinci Surgical System for outpatient and inpatient surgeries.

LDS Hospital (Salt Lake City). For more than 100 years, LDS Hospital, part of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, has been a leader in the state for obstetrics, gynecology and breast care. LDS Hospital also offers preventive, diagnostic and treatment services related to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, urology, obesity management and cosmetic surgery. The hospital's women's and newborn program assists in roughly 3,200 births every year, and the hospital's overall gynecology program was ranked in the top 30 nationally this year by U.S. News & World Report.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (Pittsburgh). Part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Magee-Womens Hospital was one of first National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health recognized by HHS, and the pioneering women's hospital has now been operating for 101 years. Its Magee-Womens Research Institute, founded in 1992, is also the first research center in the United States that exclusively studies women and infant health conditions. Roughly 10,000 babies are born at Magee every year, and 500,000 babies have been born since the hospital opened in 1911. Its nationally renowned clinical programs cover breast cancer, lupus, gynecology, fetal surgery, gynecologic cancers and more.

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Massachusetts General Hospital's department of obstetrics and gynecology originally began as the Vincent Memorial Hospital, which focused on treating sick and indigent women. Isaac Schiff, MD, has been the chief of MGH's department of obstetrics and gynecology since 1988, and during those two-plus decades, the hospital has become a leader in advancing the science and quality of care for women. This past February, MGH researchers were able to isolate egg-producing stem cells from the ovaries of reproductive age women and showed that the cells can produce normal egg cells or oocytes, which are immature egg cells. Overall, MGH ranks as the top overall hospital in the United States and sixth overall for gynecology services, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Excellence in patient care has been a staple at Mayo Clinic for decades now, and its women's health programs are no different. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mayo Clinic as the best hospital in the country when it comes to gynecology services. The department of obstetrics and gynecology offers some of the most advanced gynecologic specialty services and pregnancy services in the country, and Mayo Clinic researchers stay at the forefront of women's health breakthroughs. Also in 2011, Mayo Clinic established the Women's Health Research Center, which builds on the system's strong base of women's health-related research and complements the system's women's cancer program, breast services, women's heart services and more.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.). Between its Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center, department of obstetrics and gynecology and neonatal intensive care unit, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital provides women in the metropolitan D.C. area with some of the most expansive women's health services. In an unusual feat last year, Georgetown University Hospital physicians helped a mother who had previously received a small bowel transplant deliver her baby in an uncomplicated pregnancy — only the second time the situation successfully occurred in the United States.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston). Within the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center stands Women's Memorial Hermann, a hospital devoted solely to helping women of all ages. The hospital partners with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for maternal-fetal medicine. Memorial City Medical Center is also the first hospital in south Texas to offer 3-D mammography, which is housed in its Bobetta Lindig Breast Center.

Mercy Hospital (Miami). One of only a handful of hospitals to receive HealthGrades' excellence awards in both women's health (2010, 2011 and 2012) and maternity care (2010), Mercy Hospital provides some of the most extensive medical care for women in the Miami region. The hospital's Women's Center provides patients with high-grade diagnostic imaging services, and Mercy Hospital's maternity ward physicians deliver more than 1,400 babies each year. Additionally, the hospital provides in-depth pre- and post-natal education for expectant parents.

Meriter Hospital (Madison, Wis.). The 448-bed Meriter Hospital offers evaluation, treatment and procedures for a variety of women's health issues, ranging from perinatal care to women's heart care. Meriter's Generations Fertility Care is a joint venture between the hospital and the University of Wisconsin Health and has some of the leading reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists in the Madison area. The hospital's Center for Perinatal Care, a joint program with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, also offers extensive services to women with complicated, pregnancy-related medical problems.

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