Dartmouth-Hitchcock named in "100 Hospitals with Great Women's Health Programs"

September 12, 2012
Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has been chosen as one of the "100 Hospitals with Great Women's Health Programs" by Becker's Hospital Review. "We are most fortunate to be included on this list," says Richard Reindollar, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at DHMC. "I do not believe it was by a stroke of luck. We have remarkable clinical, teaching, and research programs for women's health within the department and across our Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system."

Becker's noted that "Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has consistently ranked among the best hospitals in gynecology care, and its massive list of women's health services has set it apart in New Hampshire." Among those health services is the Comprehensive Breast Program - part of Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), the only cancer center in New England to have earned the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.

In addition, Becker's hailed Dartmouth-Hitchcock's gynecologic oncology division, which "diagnoses and treats gynecologic cancers, participates in clinical trials and works to advance the understanding of cancer in women."

"Our gynecologists," says Dr. Reindollar "are consistently recognized within the U.S.News and World Report's top programs. We have the most talented minimally invasive surgeons for a single department that I have ever witnessed."

DHMC is also a designated Baby-Friendly Hospital. The global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care and support for infant breastfeeding.

Most recently, DHMC's Obstetrics, Gynecology & Nurse Midwifery Department was selected by the March of Dimes as a project site for CenteringPregnancy® and received a WellPoint Foundation $10,000 grant in support of the program's implementation. As part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Pregnancy Plus, CenteringPregnancy® is a multifaceted model of care that provides expectant mothers with improved prenatal care in a group setting.

Reindollar attributes much of the department's success to collaboration. "The integrated breast program, being a NCCC collaboration across the medical center, and the Baby-Friendly designation, are the result of collaborative efforts between Pediatrics and Obstetrics, to name a few."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to information and education on women's health at its community center, the Women's Health Resource Center (WHRC). The WHRC, which is open to the general public, is committed to promoting preventive care and respecting women's wisdom in making informed health care decisions. There are DVDs, a lending library, lectures, videos, classes, and support groups. Educators are also available to answer questions on childcare - from birth to breastfeeding, finding health care providers, and general information pertaining to women.

As New Hampshire's only academic medical center - which includes Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, one of America's oldest and most respected medical schools - Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been in the spot light for recent research and advances in women's health. Reindollar, a pioneer in the field of infertility and lead in numerous ground-breaking clinical trials, adds, "Several NIH-funded infertility trials have been described as the most important infertility clinical trials of the last decade changing the infertility treatment paradigms." The FAST-T (Fast-Track and Standard Treatment Trial) has already changed the face of infertility treatments, giving couples a shorter time to achieve pregnancy at a lower cost and with less risk of multiple births. The outcomes of the second trial, FORT-T (Forty and Older Infertility Treatment Trial), were presented last year and are currently being prepared for publication.

Becker's Hospital Review listing of 100 hospitals with great women's health programs is more than recognition of the high quality of care and extensive programs provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "Our subspecialists are nationally recognized. Many hold high offices in national organizations. The listing," Reindollar says, "highlights the nationwide emphasis given to women's health today."

Visit Becker's Hospital Review to see the entire top 100 list.

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