Top Hospitals: Women’s Health

Ranked 17th in the country for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report, Penn Ob/Gyn Care is a comprehensive program for women with a full bank of screenings and treatments for gynecologic cancers, blood pressure and low blood counts, heart disease, and GI disorders like acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, which tend to occur more frequently in women. There’s also menopause counseling and STD testing. Penn’s boutique called “Solutions for Women,” at 721 Delancey Street, stocks items with a female health slant: greeting cards, mastectomy bras, skin care products for chemo patients, gear for nursing mothers, aromatherapy products and more. There’s a large robotic surgery program at Penn, which means shorter recovery times for operations for cervical and uterine cancers, fibroids, hysterectomy, reversal of tubal ligation and vaginal prolapse. Clinical trials abound, and Penn Ob/Gyn Care’s outstanding research includes a dedication to the early detection of, prevention of, and new treatments for ovarian cancer (various locations within the UPHS system; call 800-789-PENN for information and referral, pennhealth.com/obgyn/).

Forty-seventh for gynecology in the most recent U.S. News survey, Jefferson Gynecological Care has board-certified experts in many surgical and diagnostic specialties, including ultrasound, uro/gynecology and fibroids. The newly opened Jefferson-Honickman Breast Imaging Center at 1100 Walnut Street is a model for how mammography should be done; appointments include a face-to-face consult with a mammographer who explains your results. The Women’s Health Source, a comprehensive women’s health information community center at 925 Chestnut Street, has a vast lending library of books, periodicals, videos and brochures covering every aspect of women’s health. And Jefferson’s quarterly online “Women’s Health” newsletter is full of useful tips on diet, nutrition, and coping with female problems (various locations; for information and referral, call 800-JEFF-NOW).

Under the direction of Katherine Sherif, a respected expert in treating women with hypertension, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, heart disease and menopause, Drexel Center for Women’s Health’s team of five female physicians provides competent and compassionate care for women in primary care and internal medicine, cardiovascular risk assessment, gynecologic services and preventative health (219 North Broad Street, 215-762-5181, drexelmed.edu). Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership is itself a unique leadership program for women health professionals in clinical research, and also includes the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, which has the nation’s only curriculum to prepare senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to move into management roles (1601 Cherry Street, Suite 1050, 215-255-7373, drexelmed.edu/iwhl).