It may come as no surprise to learn that in most American families, the woman is the chief decision-maker when it comes to family health care. But sadly, many of these key decision-makers neglect their own health – a situation Women's Hospital of Greensboro hopes to change.
"The first free-standing women's hospital in North Carolina, this 134-bed facility aims to provide the best in health care for women, offering them the facilities, technology and education they need to make the best possible health-care decisions for their families and themselves," says hospital president Cynthia Farrand.
"We're dedicated to enhancing the lives of women in the communities we serve through education and involvement of women in their own health," Farrand says. "We look at the whole woman, all the seasons of her life, as our needs change with age, not just the child-bearing years."
Obstetrics does play a major role at Women's Hospital, the only hospital that delivers babies in the Greensboro market. Close to 6,000 babies are born there each year, and the facility, part of the Moses Cone Health System, boasts a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that serves high-risk patients from surrounding counties. It also offers dedicated women's units for non-obstetrics patients, an adult intensive care unit and women's imaging, from ultrasound to mammography to bone densitometry.
In 2006, Women's Hospital joined the national Spirit of Women Hospital Network, a coalition of hospitals that focus on women's health in 55 cities.
"The network gives us access to best practices when it comes to outreach," Farrand says. "It helps us network, and it also provides us with syndicated programs and services we don't have to go out and invent."
One signature Spirit Network event the hospital adopted was the Day of Dance for Heart Health. The February event calls attention to the importance of education and physical movement in preventing heart disease. Dance groups from around the Greensboro area are invited to participate, showcasing the diversity of cultures in the community while "showing the importance of movement, something as simple and fun as dancing or high-intensity aerobics," Farrand says.
"We built a new building dedicated to heart and vascular health, and we wanted to highlight that through a day of dance that will educate women," Farrand says. "Women need to have up-to-date information to make the best decision they can. Too often they put themselves last, but we want to fill that gap and pay attention to their spiritual, emotional and physical health as well."