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U.Va. Medical Center Receives National Honor for Women’s Care

Becker’s Hospital Review has selected University of Virginia Medical Center for its new list of “100 Hospitals With Great Women’s Health Programs.”

U.Va. and the other hospitals on the list, according to the magazine, “offer outstanding programs within women's health, including gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other gender-specific conditions and health needs.” Hospitals were chosen for the award based on “clinical accolades, quality care and women's health proficiencies and awards,” the magazine said.

“This award highlights our excellent and dedicated care in women's health, including obstetric and gynecologic care, provided by our physicians, nurses and staff,” said Dr. James E. Ferguson, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “We are pleased to make this unique, patient-centered care available to women and families in Charlottesville and the region.”

Becker’s Hospital Review cited U.Va.’s array of programs and efforts to support women’s health, including:

  • Treatments for pelvic floor disorders, which affect approximately one in three women;
  • Evaluations and treatment for women through the High Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program;
  • Support for breastfeeding mothers;
  • The U.Va. Mammography Project, which is working to develop personalized recommendations for when women should be screened for breast cancer;
  • and care for teenagers through the Teen Health Center.

“The programs noted by Becker’s Hospital Review are just a few examples of the comprehensive services available to women at U.Va. Medical Center,” said Sheila Smith, associate chief for U.Va. Children's Hospital & Women's Health. “This award is a tribute to the high-quality care provided by our specialized team of health care providers.”

Hospitals selected for the list are featured in alphabetical order and were not ranked by the publication. Hospitals cannot pay for inclusion on the list, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

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