100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs - Part 2

The Methodist Hospital (Houston). Women's health programs usually involve the hospital's gynecology, obstetrics and breast care departments, but The Methodist Hospital views "women's healthcare from a broader perspective, offering general wellness and illness programs tailored specifically to women," according to its website. In addition to wellness programs, The Methodist Hospital has a Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine within its division of urogynecology to provide comprehensive treatment for women's pelvic floor disorders. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital 20th for gynecology.

Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. Recipient of two Women's Health Excellence Awards in the past two years from HealthGrades, Morristown Medical Center — part of Morristown-based Atlantic Health System — has an extensive women's health program. It has a breast center, women's cancer center and specialty center to increase awareness about arthritis and osteoporosis in women in addition to midlife health and urogynecology services. MMC, which U.S. News & World Report ranked among the top 40 hospitals this year for gynecology services, also has a state-of-the-art maternity center that includes a 56-bed nursery and 54 private rooms in which mothers and babies can stay together at all hours of the day.

The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for gynecologic services, but the New York City hospital also offers gastroenterology, cardiovascular services, dermatology, breast health, cancer screening and mental health services specifically for women. The hospital is also a renowned teaching and research facility and has made several advances in women's healthcare treatments. Three years ago, researchers with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which is affiliated with the hospital, discovered that injecting a new class of molecules into a specific oncogene could lead to the elimination of tumor cells associated with ovarian cancer — the most lethal of all gynecologic cancers in the United States.

Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, Mich.). From 2010 to 2012, Munson Medical Center has won HealthGrades' Women's Health Excellence Award. The hospital, known for its lower rates of mortality across nine different heart conditions, offers heart disease screenings and information online for patients to learn about proper heart health. MMC also has a breast health coordinator available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide women in northern Michigan with information and guidance on issues they may be having with breast cancer or general breast health.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a vanguard not only for women's health but also for the women's movement in general. In 1887, its Sloane Maternity Hospital became New York City's first medical facility devoted to women's health. In 1946, it named Connie Guion, MD, as the first woman professor of clinical medicine in the United States. To this day, NewYork-Presbyterian offers nationally recognized care across gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other areas at the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center and other centers of excellence around the campus. U.S. News & World Report ranked NewYork-Presbyterian 17th in the nation for gynecology services this year.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Considered to be one of the best hospitals in Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's women's health services are completely housed in its Prentice Women's Hospital within its downtown campus. It provides comprehensive care across several areas for women: pregnancy and newborn care, primary and gynecologic care, women's heart health, female-specific cancers, aging diseases such as Alzheimer's and other movement disorders and counseling services. The Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care — named after the late Maggie Daley, wife of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley — is one of the premier women's cancer programs in the country, offering women access to more than 100 clinical trials.

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). NYU Langone Medical Center's department of obstetrics and gynecology is composed of eight divisions: epidemiology, family planning, global women's health, gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound, reproductive endocrinology and infertility and urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. James Grifo, MD, PhD, is the director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility — a major research hub — and has pioneered women's health innovations such as the preimplantation genetic diagnosis. NYU Langone's division of global women's health is an international women's health advocate, partnering with various local academic and medical centers is sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center's women's services covers 15 different areas, from gynecologic robotic surgery to anesthesiology. The Ochsner Vulva Center is a unique clinic within the gynecology department that specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of vulvovaginal problems. This year, Ochsner was ranked 22nd in the country for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report and received the Women's Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades. The Magnet-designated facility also has 24 nurses — many within the labor and delivery departments — who are among the "Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana."

Oregon Health & Science University Hospital (Portland). OHSU Hospital's Center for Women's Health is the only HHS-designated National Center of Excellence in Women's health in the Northwest, receiving the designation in 2003. The 560-bed hospital's gynecologic oncology team was the first group in Oregon dedicated to treating gynecologic malignancies as a partner with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. OHSU Hospital, which is an important research center for various women's diseases, is also ranked as the top hospital in the Portland metropolitan area and the state of Oregon, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2012-2013 rankings.

Parkland Memorial Hospital (Dallas). Parkland Memorial Hospital was the first hospital to have a neonatal intensive care unit in Dallas County, and its neonatal team oversees 300 high-risk deliveries every month. Parkland is one of the busiest obstetrics centers in the country, with more than 15,000 deliveries every year. In total, Parkland is affiliated with 10 different women's health centers and clinics throughout the county, offering gynecologic, family planning and preventive care in a more local setting.

Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia). In 1803, a little more than 50 years after the hospital's founding, Pennsylvania Hospital established a "lying-in," also known as a maternity department — the first recognized specialty at the hospital and one of the first maternity departments in the country. Today, Pennsylvania Hospital, part of Penn Medicine, offers an integrated women's health program with several specialty services and OB/GYN care. The Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital is a leader in Philadelphia in integrated breast cancer care and gynecologic oncology. Thomas Randall, MD, and Patricia Ford, MD, are co-directors of the hospital's and cancer center's gynecologic oncology program.

Rex Hospital (Raleigh, N.C.). Rex Hospital, the flagship facility of Rex Healthcare and part of UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, N.C., works in conjunction with healthcare providers from the University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and North Carolina Women's Hospital to offer high-quality care for women in Raleigh and Wake County. The UNC Specialty Women's Center at Rex offers services in gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. With 40 private rooms, Rex Women's Center provides comfort for women during their pregnancies, and the hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in North Carolina's Triangle region, which includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). The department of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA Medical Center has a long tradition of accomplishment and is considered by U.S. News & World Report to be the best in Southern California and the West Coast. Several storied women's health researchers and physicians worked extensively at UCLA, including Nickolas Assali, MD, W.J. Dignam, MD, and J.G. Moore, MD. The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center, which specializes in preventive care for women, is a National Center of Excellence.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Women of all ages are able to receive thorough care at Rush University Medical Center, which is the teaching hospital of Rush University and one of the top academic medical centers in Chicago. Rush's Heart Center for Women, the first heart program in Chicago devoted exclusively to women, offers virtually every heart treatment option. The Rush Breast Imaging Center is also part of the hospital's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Clinic. Rush has a unique sports medicine program designed specifically for female athletes. Kathleen Weber, MD, a team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, heads the women's sports medicine program.

Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital. Sarasota Memorial Hospital would not be standing without the dedicated women of the community. In 1921, women residents of Sarasota raised money to fund the first hospital in the area, and in 1925, Sarasota Hospital opened as a 32-bed facility. Today, the hospital provides high-quality women's health programs, ranging from gynecological cancer to pain management, and it is the only hospital in the four-county region to have an intensive care nursery for new mothers. James Fiorica, MD, leads Sarasota Memorial's women's cancer specialty program, which is a collaboration of primary care physicians, gynecologists and obstetricians to ensure women have access to local cancer treatments.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center. The 433-bed Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, the largest hospital within Scottsdale Healthcare, is the central hub for women's health services in the Scottsdale region. For the past two years, the hospital has received the Women's Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades, thanks in large part to its women's heart health program. Scottsdale Healthcare Shea's heart program focuses on preventive heart care and routine checkups, and it reinforces the health system's philosophy on health for women: to improve the health status of women in the community through education, prevention and the use of screening, diagnostic testing and early intervention.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (Calif.). Out of all the women's health services at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, the hospital is best known for its Leichtag Family Birth Pavilion, which is San Diego County's first Baby-Friendly birth pavilion. Mothers-to-be receive quality care within the hospital's maternity unit, and there is a six-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care nursery nearby for infants who have special health needs following birth. Several minimally invasive surgeries are also available. In 2010, 68 percent of women having a hysterectomy at Scripps had the procedure using minimally invasive technology, which is more than double the national average of 33 percent for that type of surgery.

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Part of LifeBridge Health, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore's women's health center of excellence provides a full range of obstetric and gynecologic services as well as support services and programs. The Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Women's Health Center opened in 2005 and provides state-of-the-art care to expectant mothers and newborns, and in total, the hospital oversees more than 3,000 deliveries annually. Some of Sinai Hospital's specific women's health support programs include the Women, Children & Youth HIV program, the perinatal depression outreach program and the perinatal addictions specialist services.

Spartanburg (S.C.). Regional Medical Center. Spartanburg Regional Medical Center is a "premier" member of the Spirit of Women Health Network, which is a hospital coalition committed to women's health. Within the hospital's women's health program is the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health — the only complete breast imaging center in South Carolina's "Upcountry." The breast center has digital mammography, is accredited by the American College of Radiology and has four different mammogram locations. Spartanburg Regional also has a HeartCaring program, which empowers women with knowledge and resources to reduce their risks for heart disease.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Women's health has been a staple at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital since its earliest days in the 19th century. In 1890, Butterworth Hospital completed the construction of its hospital, and obstetrics and gynecology were two of the major clinical divisions. The hospital, ranked 21st in the country this year by U.S. News & World Report for gynecology, also delivers more than 8,000 babies each year — more than any other hospital in Michigan. Its Family Birthplace gives women special attention to genetics, infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, postpartum depression and all other essential aspects of family planning.

SSM St. Clare Health Center (Fenton, Mo.). St. Clare Health Center, part of St. Louis-based SSM Health, was established in 2009 and has already garnered attention for its women's health initiatives. The hospital — rated in the top 15 for women's health by CareChex for 2012 — recorded more than 1,400 births in 2011 and has state-of-the-art private maternity suites for all expectant mothers. Obstetrical care includes advanced testing and procedures, such as continuous fetal monitoring and amniocentesis and external cephalic version. St. Clare's breast center also provides comprehensive services for women through a multidisciplinary team of mammography technicians, nurse navigators and breast surgeons.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). From breast care to heart programs and from osteoporosis services to preventive care, St. Elizabeth Edgewood has a firm grasp on women's wellness services. Henrietta Cleveland, a local resident, and three nuns from Germany actually laid the foundation for St. Elizabeth in 1861 after realizing the greater Cincinnati area needed more hospital services. The hospital's recently expanded and renovated Family Birth Place features 33 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites, and St. Elizabeth Edgewood was named one of the top 10 places in America to have a baby by Fit Pregnancy Magazine.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse, N.Y.). At the center of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's women services is its maternity care, as it is the only hospital in central New York to be designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. The hospital has a mother-baby unit for new mom's to sleep with their newborns, which can decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. St. Joseph's also has primary care centers and surgery centers that focus on gynecological surgery, breast health and osteoporosis screening.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Houston). St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is considered to be one of the top heart hospitals in the country this year by U.S. News & World Report, and the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's specially caters to women, considering heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women. St. Luke's services also include hormone-replacement therapy, gynecological and menopause-related issues, cancer treatment, incontinence and weight management. St. Luke's surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive surgical alternatives to hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures.

St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Three out of four babies in the Cedar Rapids region are born at St. Luke's Hospital, which has won the HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award in each of the past three years. It also has the only regional Level II newborn intensive care unit in the community. When it comes to breast care, St. Luke's has a team of registered nurses who have received training through the Oncology Nursing Society and were among the first in the country to become certified breast care nurses.

St. Vincent Women's Hospital (Indianapolis). Health insurer Humana originally founded St. Vincent Women's Hospital in 1983, and the Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health acquired the hospital in 2003. Currently, St. Vincent Women's Hospital is central Indiana's only dedicated women's hospital — and the largest comprehensive women's health service facility in Indiana overall — and it encompasses 48 private rooms and a 78-bed Level III newborn intensive care unit. The hospital also has the largest group of maternal-fetal medicine physicians in Indiana. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Vincent 18th in the country for gynecology services, and also this year, the hospital received the Women's Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics (Palo Alto, Calif.). Women's health at Stanford involves several integrated areas, including cardiology, clinical research studies, female sexual medicine, neurology, urogynecology and many more. The Stanford Women's Cancer Center provides world-class care for women with breast and gynecologic cancers, and Stanford is renowned for cancer trials and innovations. Lynn Westphal, MD, is the director of women's health at Stanford, and she started one of the first oocyte cryopreservation programs in the country, solidifying herself as a leader in facilitating fertility preservation for cancer survivors.

Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). Strong Memorial Hospital is the 739-bed teaching hospital for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Hospital-based services for women range across the entire medical center and include maternity, fertility, breast care, general fitness for women and heart health. The Women's Health and the Environment over the Entire Lifespan, or WHEEL, is a junior faculty training program funded through the National Institutes of Health that aims to see how exposure to environmental chemicals affects men and women differently and how environmental factors particularly fits within the scope of women's health.

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento, Calif.). Comprised of three campuses and the flagship of Sutter Health, Sutter Medical Center offers women in the Sacramento Sierra region comprehensive primary and advanced care throughout their life spans. Sutter Medical Center delivers more babies than any other hospital in the region. The hospital is also in the process of a major expansion project, which includes the 242-bed Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center. The facility will focus primarily on acute-care services, and Sutter Medical Center CEO Carrie Owen Plietz said it will be "among the finest hospitals for birthing and children's services in the state."

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital's Women's Center has 21 labor/delivery suites, four C-section rooms, four gynecology operating rooms, an ultrasound suite and an in vitro fertilization laboratory. The IVF program is based at TGH and is part of the University of South Florida. TGH's breast health program offers some of the most advanced services in the Tampa area to treat breast abnormalities, including digital mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, biopsies, cyst aspirations and galactography. Last year, U.S. News & World Report named TGH to its top 50 hospitals in the country for gynecology care.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is nestled within one of the premier academic medical centers in the Philadelphia area. Women's health services at Jefferson include breast health, cardiovascular care, urology, mental health, domestic violence awareness, obstetrics and gynecology, epilepsy, sleep, bone health and integrative medicine. Jefferson is the only hospital in the region to offer Cool Cap therapy for newborns who need additional oxygen — Cool Cap therapy reduces brain activity, which allows time for recovery and reduces brain damage. The hospital's epilepsy program is also a unique initiative that focuses on the association of seizures and menses as well as sexual function and fertility in epilepsy.

University Hospital (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The women's health program at University Hospital and the University of Michigan Health System is an HHS National Center of Excellence. Last year, the University of Michigan department of obstetrics and gynecology moved into the new 12-story C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital — a facility featuring a new birthing center as well as specialty inpatient and outpatient services for women. Overall, UM's women's health program covers dozens of areas, including genetic counseling, gynecologic urology, in vitro fertilization, cervical and other gynecologic cancers and care for women with developmental disabilities.

University Hospital (Salt Lake City). University Hospital is the flagship hospital of the University of Utah Health Care, the only academic medical center in the Salt Lake City area. Women's health services are a central focus for both the University of Utah research team as well as the hospital's physicians. The University of Utah department of obstetrics and gynecology has set the standard in the Salt Lake region for comprehensive prenatal care and is a leader for women in labor and delivery, maternal-fetal medicine and gastroenterology.

University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital (Cleveland). UH MacDonald is a teaching and research-based hospital within the UH system, and it was founded as Maternity Hospital of Cleveland in 1891. It is the only hospital in Ohio dedicated to women's health, with services ranging from egg donation and in vitro fertilization to maternal-fetal medicine and specialty women's surgeries. UH MacDonald is a Level III regional perinatal center, the highest classification available to hospitals offering maternity services. This past June, the hospital was selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Within UAB Hospital is the UAB Women & Infants Center, which houses comprehensive services in gynecologic surgery, high-risk pregnancies, infertility services, women's cancer and more. UAB Hospital is the only hospital in Alabama where maternal-fetal medicine physicians are available in-house for female patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. G. Wright Bates, MD, associate professor and director of UAB's division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility won the "Best Fertility Specialist" award in 2012 for the second straight year, according to the Parent's Choice Awards.

University of California San Francisco Medical Center. UCSF Medical Center, one of the premier academic medical centers in the country, has an extensive list of women's health services and is an HHS-designated National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Breast cancer, dozens of gynecological conditions, seven types of gynecologic cancer, incontinence and other women's health issues are treated at UCSF Medical Center. One of the most unique aspects of the hospital is the UCSF Women's Health Clinical Research Center. Created in 2001, the research center strengthens clinical and teaching programs in women's health through interdisciplinary research programs, junior faculty training in clinical research and a fellowship in clinical research methods.

University of California Irvine Medical Center (Orange). The Women's Healthcare Center at UC Irvine Medical Center is one of the top centers of consultative and treatment services for women in Orange County. UC Irvine Medical Center is a hub for advanced research and technology, including for women's health issues. It was the first healthcare facility in the nation to use OxiFirst to monitor newborns' oxygen saturation levels while still in the mother's birth canal, and this practice has helped reduce the number of Caesarean sections for women. UC Irvine physician Scott Goodwin, MD, is one of the pioneers of uterine fibroid embolization, which involves threading a catheter from a woman's femoral artery to the uterine arteries as an alternative to invasive surgery.

University of Chicago Medical Center. The University of Chicago Medical Center's focus on women's health services is among the best in Chicago and the Midwest. The hospital is one of 10 regional perinatal centers in Illinois and serves as a referral center for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. The University of Chicago also has its Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine for Women and Girls with Cancer, which is designed to identify, prevent and treat sexual health problems in female cancer patients and survivors. PRISM is the first program in Illinois and one of few in the country to devote resources specifically to these sexual health problems for women.

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). Ranked by U.S. News & World Report this year as the best hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the University of Kansas Hospital comprehensive women's health program revolves heavily around its cancer and women's cardiac care. Carol Fabian, MD, a breast medical oncologist and a professor of internal medicine, founded the University of Kansas Hospital's Breast Cancer Prevention Center. The Adelaide C. Ward Women's Heart Health Center opened in March 2012 to develop services, consultations, education, support groups and other programs for women with heart disease.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). UT Southwestern's physicians have offered comprehensive gynecology, obstetrics, women's wellness and several specialized programs for more than 40 years. The Lowe Foundation Center for Women's Preventative Health Care gives pre- and postmenopausal women an outlet for integrated healthcare, and UT Southwestern's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center serves as a refuge for women suffering from various types of gender-specific cancer. UT Southwestern also has one of the largest divisions of urogynecology in the country.

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, Va.). Reproductive medicine, pregnancy and delivery, female pelvic floor disorders, female teen health — the University of Virginia Medical Center covers a wide range of women's health issues. UVA is one of only 12 hospitals recognized by the Virginia Department of Health for its support to breastfeeding mothers, and it also has the region's only program for women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. UVA researchers are also involved in the UVA Mammography Project, a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense that aims to help create a risk model that personalizes breast cancer screening recommendations.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UW Medical Center 34th in the country in gynecology, and the Magnet-rated hospital also has highly touted services in obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology, gynecologic cancer care and vulvovaginal disorders. UW Medical Center and UW Medicine researchers were also instrumental in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccine. HPV is the virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Laura Koutsky, MD, helped lead the study to test the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, and the findings led to the FDA approval of Gardasil.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt's women's health program covers millions of women located throughout Nashville and the Southeast. The department of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt provides prenatal care and delivery services to roughly 3,300 women per year, and roughly 500 women are treated for tertiary, high-risk labor and delivery care. Howard Jones III, MD, is a chairman of VUMC's department of obstetrics and gynecology, and he has described the hospital's fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery for women's health procedures as one of only about 25 in the country. The fellowship is in its second year and has one of the highest case numbers when compared with similar programs in the country.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's department of obstetrics and gynecology is among the leaders in gynecologic innovation and surgery, clinical practices and research. In 2009, it became the first hospital in western North Carolina to successfully perform a single-incision, laparoscopic total hysterectomy. Wake Forest Baptist gynecologic oncologists are among only a handful of U.S. physicians to offer intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy for women with difficult-to-treat cancers. Wake Forest Baptist also has a Center on Women's Healthcare Quality Assessment, which pools primary care data for researchers and clinicians to evaluate women's healthcare quality.

Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (Columbus). Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is repeatedly ranked among the best in Ohio and the country for gynecology and women's health, and its nationally and internationally recognized physicians and researchers both provide the care and train the future wave of women's health specialists. The academic medical center provides some of the most innovative gynecologic treatments, such as endometrial ablation and transcervical sterilization. The Center for Women's Health is the only multidisciplinary women's center in Columbus and offers women care in internal medicine, primary care, endocrinology, gynecology, cardiology and integrative medicine.

Winthrop-University Hospital (Mineola, N.Y.). Winthrop-University Hospital's New Life Center is one of the busiest birthing facilities in Long Island, as more than 5,000 babies are born there every year. Winthrop also has a NAPBC-accredited breast health program, which treats seven different types of breast abnormalities, including inflammatory breast cancer. The Institute for Family Care serves as a hub for other women's healthcare needs, such as the women's resource center for medical information and urogynecologic services.

Woman's Hospital (Baton Rouge, La.). Founded by 19 physicians focused on women's healthcare needs, Woman's Hospital opened its doors in 1968, making it one of the first women's specialty hospitals in the country. It is also the only freestanding, non-profit women's hospital in the United States. Woman's has more than 1,500 total employees, and physicians are spread across several different specialties, including cancer, gynecology, breast care and more. In August 2012, Woman's transferred to its new 168-bed hospital. The main facility has five stories and is one of the preeminent hospitals for women and infants in the Gulf South region.

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (Providence). Women & Infants Hospital — the primary teaching hospital of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an HHS-designated National Center of Excellence in Women's Health — is the eighth-largest standalone obstetrical facility in the county with roughly 8,400 deliveries every year. It is New England's mainstay for women and newborns, and the hospital offers fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology, gynecologic pathology and several other specialty areas. In addition, Women & Infants is a center of biomedical research excellence by the National Institutes of Health.

The Woman's Hospital of Texas (Houston). The 397-bed Woman's Hospital of Texas opened in 1976, and more than 35 years later, it is still one of Texas' leading hospitals for quality treatment of women and newborns. More than 650 board-certified physicians are affiliated or employed at Woman's Hospital, which is part of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America. The Woman's Hospital of Texas also includes the Clinical Research Center, which is dedicated solely to clinical studies to better women's health and quality of life.

Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital has one of the highest-rated gynecology institutions in the country, according to this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings. The hospital's maternity services include prenatal testing, the world's first newborn special care unit and breastfeeding support. Breast cancer services, urogynecology services, and the women's heart program also are dedicated to the specific health needs of women. The gynecologic cancer program at YNHH's Smilow Cancer Hospital uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat precancerous changes of the vulva, vagina, cervix, Fallopian tubes and other areas.

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