Women keeping women well
Transforming Health | 02.27.13
Women keeping women well. That’s the idea behind Lancaster General Health’s new Women’s Specialty Center.
Like the name suggests, this center is only open to women. No male patients and no male doctors.
There are three female doctors on staff. One specializing in heart health, one in digestive health, and one in mental health. Having these three specialties in the same building is geared towards treating the whole person, rather than just a part of them.
Plus, sometimes heart, digestive and mental health issues can be related. Dr. Gurpinder Chatha, the cardiologist on staff, says “The symptoms of GI disorders and heart disease can overlap, so sometimes it’s challenging to see if it’s really the heart or is it indigestion or something like that.”
Although the center has only been open since September of 2012, it has already impacted lives of patients.
Lori Fulmer is one of those patients. Hear Lori's story and how this type of care benefitted her in the video below:
Fulmer had some cardiac-related issues since her pregnancy and says that she was just more comfortable seeing a woman doctor about her female issues.
Since her first appointment with Dr. Chatha, Lori’s health has improved.
“My anxiety level about my heart health has really come down. I’ve been very, very anxious. I’ve had a lot of anxiety about my cardiac health.”
Dr. Chatha says that a lot of the patients have been waiting for something like this. A regular cardiology practice might have hundreds of patients coming in and out every day. So, her patients feel more at ease in this type of setting:
“They feel much less intimidated coming to a smaller setting, a setting that’s especially for women with all of the female providers.”
Geoffrey Eddowes, Senior Vice President of Operations at Lancaster General Women & Babies Hospital, says there are plans to expand the Center to include even more specialties.
He says, “The goal is that we can have multiple providers on any given day, because there are times that you’re cross-referring from one specialty to another. So, that would really be the benefit of this program.“
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