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Caring for a Woman’s Needs

Whether you are a wife, mother or daughter, you have many important decisions to make about your health. Thanks to Women’s Services available at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, choosing where to go for your medical care is a little easier.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following screenings for women:

• Bone health — Beginning at age 40, discuss bone testing options with your physician. After age 65, have a bone mineral density (bone densitometry) test to check
for osteoporosis.

• Breast health — Beginning at age 20, have a clinical breast exam as part of your regular physical exam. At age 40, begin annual screening mammograms. Screenings should begin earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer.

• Cervical cancer — Beginning at age 21 or when you become sexually active, have a Pap smear performed at least every three years.

• Colorectal cancer — Beginning at age 50, have a screening colonoscopy every 10 years or more often if you have a family history of the disease.

• Heart health — Beginning at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years, and discuss cholesterol testing with your physician.

As part of the hospital’s commitment to ensuring quality care for women, a Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) was formed in 2007. The WAC is comprised of a group of mothers — some who delivered their babies at the hospital and some who delivered elsewhere — along with a father, grandmother, nurse and physician.

“We want to fully understand the unique needs of women in our community,” says Krista Baty, R.N., M.H.A., chief nurse executive for Texas Health Kaufman. “This group helps us determine how to make our facility more appealing to all women.”

Until July 2008, the hospital averaged about 17 births per month in the facility’s three labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms. With the arrival of a new OB/GYN physician to the medical staff in July, the hospital has seen an influx of new births, and this trend is expected to continue.

“Since August, our number of births per month has steadily increased, and we are growing to meet this need,” Baty says. “In 2010, we plan to implement a dedicated cesarean section room, and we will have a Level II nursery in 2011.”

When a physician refers a patient for a mammogram or bone densitometry test, Texas Health Kaufman can provide both. In addition to these tests, the hospital also offers other imaging services you or your family may need, including sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanning to provide further evaluation or detect potential health threats in various stages.

For more information about Women’s Services available at Texas Health Kaufman, visit
TexasHealth.org. (Spring 2009)

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