Mercy Hospital OKC Gets National Nod for Women's Care

January 15, 2014

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs, alongside national health care leaders like Cleveland Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers in Los Angeles and New York, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.

Hospitals were chosen based on clinical excellence, quality care and women’s health awards.

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s women’s health services include Breast MRI of Oklahoma at Mercy Women’s Center – a leader in breast cancer detection. Using MRI as a second screening beyond mammograms, doctors can better detect cancers that wouldn’t be visible on a mammogram.  The Mercy high-risk screening program recently published its 10-year experience, the largest single institution study ever reported, on outcomes using breast MRI.

Alan Hollingsworth, M.D., medical director at Mercy Women’s Center, is an international authority on breast cancer risk assessment, genetics and early detection. In addition to his work at Mercy, he serves on the editorial board of the The Breast Journal – the primary publication dedicated to interdisciplinary breast disease management in the United States – and recently wrote the opening chapter on risk assessment and genetic testing for breast cancer in a new textbook called “Breast Cancer: a New Era in Management,” edited by international experts Dr. Darius S. Francescatti and Dr. Melvin J. Silverstein.

If breast cancer is detected, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s genetic counselors, breast cancer nurse navigator and social worker work with patients step-by-step through the diagnosis, additional testing and treatments and surgeries during and beyond their breast cancer journey.

Averaging 300 births per month, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s BirthPlace is another major aspect of women’s care being recognized. It has been named The Oklahoman’s Readers Choice Best Hospital for Childbirth for five consecutive years. The BirthPlace is connected to a level-III neonatal intensive care unit, which provides long-term care for babies born premature and with complications.

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s network of surgeons and physicians provides well women exams, prenatal care and other women’s health needs.

In Oklahoma City, Mercy shares this recognition with INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital.

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is a 380-bed hospital that offers a number of services to patients, including interventional radiology, robotic surgery, wound care, stroke prevention and general surgery. The hospital includes a women's center, which provides cancer care, digital mammography, breast MRI and stereotactic breast biopsy services. It also provides bone density screenings. The hospital provides minimally invasive robotic surgery for gynecologic procedures and includes a level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital has been awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, 300 outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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