Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Baptist Medical Developing Women's Health Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Baptist Medical Developing Women's Health Center

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Dr. Mary Ann Bauman and her husband, Barton H. Dawson, were blending health-care careers at the University of South Dakota in 1986, when they started planning a women's health center there.

Bauman, a general internist with a background in program development and an interest in women's medicine, became the medical director. She and Dawson, who was hospital administrator, saw the potential for the university to provide a unique service in Sioux Falls to meet a growing need for women in that area.

They moved to Oklahoma City in 1989, when Dawson became executive director of the plan for faculty practice at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Meanwhile, Baptist Medical Center started planning it's own women's health center.

Now, Bauman is bringing her experience to bear in drawing together the vast resources of Baptist to develop the most comprehensive women's health center in Oklahoma City. It will combine a new $12 million facility for obstetrics, neonatal and perinatal care with an array of Baptist specialists and preventive care for women in health issues that affect them.

"This is different from South Dakota," said Bauman, who has been teaching and practicing at the OU Health Sciences Center the last two years. "We were starting from scratch there, but here we have all the specialists of Baptist in place _ not only in obstetrics and gynecology but in the Fertility Institute, the Southwest Cancer Center, the Laser Institute and others." The Baptist Women's Health Center will follow the lines of similar comprehensive operations developed in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago.

These go beyond the traditional pattern of setting aside part of a hospital for births and gynecology.

Baptist's fourth floor, which has long housed the hospital's facilities for delivering babies, has been renovated and expanded, but that will be just part of the center. The concept is an umbrella for the entire spectrum of treating and preventing health problems and diseases that specifically affect women.

It's based on the idea that women account for 75 percent of health care, since they typically raise the children and take them to doctors. It also was pointed out that women most often have seven of the 10 most common surgeries.

The new women's center will include:

The renovated and expanded fourth floor, which is scheduled to open in April 1992. It will feature 23 rooms for labor, recovery, delivery of babies and post partum. Some rooms will be convertible for delivery, and sofa beds will be provided for husbands to be near their wives.

Another 22 rooms will include neonatal intensive care, with space for Caesarean births, gynecology and other services.

A separate out-patient facility to house other women's center operations.

These will include the practice of Bauman and another general internist, plus mammography, a resource library and services that involve counseling, social issues, pre-menstrual syndrome, stress management, osteoporosis (which attacks the bone structure of women), nutrition and others.

The center also will draw from services provided by the Fertility Institute, a new program for incontinence, the Southwest Cancer Center, the Laser Institute, heart center and others as they pertain to women. This fits Baptist's overall concept of focusing on specific areas of medicine while utilizing the overall resources of the hospital.

While Bauman is bringing her experience to develop the overall women's center program, the planning was started at least as early as 1988, before she arrived in Oklahoma City. It was driven, she said, by Dr. David Kallenberger, director of the Fertility Institute; Dr. Susan Chambers, who is on the staff in obstetrics and gynecology; and Dr. Royice Everett, a gynecologist who chairs the Laser Institute.

"Dr. Kallenberger had this vision years ago," she said. …

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