NYM Opens New Institute for Women’s Health

Feb 27, 2008

women''s health

New York Methodist Hospital continues to offer the highest level of advanced, comprehensive healthcare for women at every stage of their lives. The Hospital recently established an Institute for Women's Health. The Institute offers a full range of women programs and services, including gynecological care, diagnostic tests for breast and gynecological disease, a genetic testing and counseling program, fertility treatments, a prenatal care assistance program, a spacious fully renovated Birthing Center and full range of obstetrical services, including prenatal testing, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, breast cancer and gynecologic oncology, a urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery program, and a menopause and osteoporosis program.

For women who are getting ready to become new mothers, the Institute's spacious, state-of-the-art Birthing Center ensures that patients can have a personal, "family-centered" birth but will also have access to high-tech medical equipment if they need it. The Center has beautifully furnished, spacious rooms that are big enough for family members and caregivers to experience labor, delivery and recovery in a single area. Since all the necessary equipment emerges from cabinets, drawers and the ceiling, these rooms can instantly transform into high-tech delivery rooms. For couples who wish to have genetic testing and counseling and individuals who are at risk for inherited birth defects or genetic disorders, the Institute's Advanced Women's Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center provides an array of cutting-edge prenatal tests. Some of these tests include combined screenings that detect chromosomal abnormalities and sonograms that detect genetic abnormalities and structural anomalies.

At the other end of the spectrum, physicians affiliated with the Institute's menopause and osteoporosis program work with patients to manage menopause symptoms and treat osteoporosis. Menopause may trigger a variety of symptoms such as mood swings or hot flashes. A potential long-term consequence of menopause is osteoporosis, a disease characterized by structural deterioration of bone tissue. "Early detection and intervention of osteoporosis helps prevent fractures that can result from this condition," said Farida Khan, M.D., chief of endocrinology and vice chair of the department of medicine at NYM. "The board-certified endocrinologists and gynecologists affiliated with NYM's Institute for Women's Health are highly trained at detecting and providing the right treatment for each individual case of osteoporosis."

Another program that the Institute offers is a urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery program. Urogynecologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that impact the pelvic organs and the muscles and connective tissues that support these organs. Common symptoms of pelvic disorders include urinary incontinence, pelvic or bladder pain, overactive bladder, or difficulty urinating. "Once the cause of the symptoms is clear, various treatment options can be considered," said Marisa Mastropietro, M.D., chief of urogynecology at NYM. "Patients who've undergone treatment for pelvic floor disorders have had a dramatic improvement in the quality of their lives."

Vincent T. Pillari, M.D., chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NYM, added, "The Institute for Women's Health enables New York Methodist Hospital to uphold its commitment to offering the highest level of preventative or therapeutic medical care for women of all ages in a very timely, easy manner. We're very excited to provide such a comprehensive range of services within one institution."

For a referral to one of the programs of the Institute for Women's Health or for a referral to a physician affiliated with the Institute, please call 877-41-WOMAN.