Just for Women: New Center Focuses on Their Unique Issues

After months of planning, NorthBay Healthcare officially opened the doors to its Center for Women’s Health in January, creating a comprehensive, coordinated, one-stop shop for women of all ages.

Based in the Gateway Medical Building, on the NorthBay Medical Center Campus, the Women’s Services practices are on the third floor, with a shiny new Women’s Resource Center on the ground floor, just off the lobby.

The resource center, co-operated by the NorthBay Guild and Women’s Health Services, features books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape, a boutique of interesting, beautiful and health-conscious items and more.

Women—and men—are welcome to come and check out a book, use one of two computers to research health issues, or just relax and browse in the center, explained Jane Prather, service line director for Women’s Health. There’s also a spacious conference facility, which can be scheduled by women’s support groups or system educational providers for meetings or classes.

On the third floor, the ABC (A Baby’s Coming) Clinic offers prenatal care for low income, pregnant women. The offices of OB-GYN Andrew Lin, M.D., Medical Director of Women’s Health at NorthBay Healthcare and the new Women’s Primary Care practice are also located on the third floor. Joining him are Drs. Robin Price and Teresa Whitley, specialists in women’s health.

In addition to traditional OB-GYN visits, services offered include pre- and post-menopause consultation, urogynecology, cardiovascular screening, PAD screening and holistic health.

“Traditionally, women are most often the decision makers in their family when it comes to health care,” explained Prather. “They select doctors, schedule appointments and procedures and get prescriptions filled. We want to provide a one-stop shop to make life a little easier for them. Our goal is to facilitate convenient and coordinated healthcare where they can get consecutive appointments made to have all of their healthcare needs met in one stop.”

“We’re trying to make it easier than ever to be healthy and health-conscience,” said Prather.

A grand opening with health screenings is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Fairfield center.

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