Readers’ Choice 2010 Best OB/GYN Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Methodist Women’s Center

The Methodist Hospital and Physicians Clinic Women’s Center became successful by employing a daring two-part tactic: ask women what they want, and listen to the answers. “When we first opened the Women’s Center, we did focus groups with the women in Omaha,” says Laurie Beaver, manager of the Physician’s Clinic Women’s Center. “They said they want to be able to stop in one place and get a lot of different services. Women are busy.” Today, Methodist offers, “whatever a woman needs throughout her entire life span,” Beaver says. Methodist offers the typical preconception, general gynecology, gynecological oncology and mammography one would expect from a top-notch women’s health center. But Methodist has gone the extra mile with behavioral health services, a sexual medicine and wellness center, the only pelvic pain clinic for miles (which opened recently), and even skin renewal services from varicose vein treatment to Botox to spray tans. “Women trust their OB-GYN physicians,” Beaver says. “When you look out there, there are a lot of med spas in malls and it’s not very regulated. We thought, we have a relationship with these women, they trust us, what better place to get these services.” The staff across all of the Methodist Women’s Center clinics are highly trained medical professionals. “On the clinic side, there are a lot of procedures that used to be done in a hospital that are now done in the office,” Beaver says. “All nurses involved in direct patient care are RNs (Registered Nurses) with ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.” The crowning jewel for the Methodist Women’s Center is the new all-in-one Physicians’ Clinic and Hospital campus on 192nd and Dodge. Prior to the set up there, Women’s Center doctors used to see patients at the HealthWest clinic on 153rd and Dodge, and then have to drive to Methodist Hospital on 84th and Dodge for emergencies or deliveries. The combination of a clinic and a hospital saves doctors’ valuable time. “I have not had this in private practice,” says Dr. Kristen Hoffman, a Women’s Center physician. “Instead of getting in your car, driving — that can take 20 minutes — changing your clothes, going back to the office, you’re just across campus. It really makes a difference, not only to the patients who are delivering, but also to the office patients.” The rapid succession of building a new clinic/hospital campus and opening the pelvic pain clinic is not enough for the Women’s Center. Beaver hints that more developments are forthcoming, after research and due diligence have been performed. “We will continue to grow,” she says. “Depending on what women need and what women want, we will get them an expert in that area.” Dr. Hoffman may say it best: “We think we’re great.”

posted at 03:33 pm
on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

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