New Vision for Women

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New research shows the lifespan of women is not growing at the same rate as the lifespan of men. Florida Hospital believes now is the time to put the focus back on women's health. In September, Florida Hospital announced a renewed commitment to women's services spanning across Central Florida with three new buildings, additional services, world-class physicians and an innovative health and wellness platform to provide women with tools to live longer, healthier lives.

Florida Hospital has been providing services to women for more than 100 years across our system, and it has always been a part of who we are, said Lars Houmann, president and chief executive officer of Florida Hospital. But we know we can do more. Now is the time for us to step forward and put the focus on women's health.

As part of the commitment to extend women's health services to all women throughout Central Florida, Florida Hospital unveiled a comprehensive plan that is the largest commitment to women's services in Florida Hospital history. As a physician, I saw first-hand the stress women put on themselves and the types of unique health challenges women face on a daily basis,said Monica Reid, MD, senior vice president of Florida Hospital. We need to create new services for women that will bring innovative and personalized medical care together.

The three new buildings will house comprehensive services for women and expand on current services already available at Florida Hospital. The Florida Hospital Celebration Health Women's Institute is a four- story, 80,000 square-foot building housing a variety of women's health services, including breast care, radiation and oncology, gynecology and obstetrics. The Winter Park Women's Health Pavilion, a two-story building opening in fall of 2013, will be a comprehensive one-stop boutique center for women's health and wellness and will also offer a variety of medical services. Florida Hospital Orlando announced plans for a new women's tower, the Florida Hospital Orlando Women's Pavilion, a 12-story patient tower that will feature more than 300 patient beds when it is completed in 2015.

Women experience a variety of health challenges that can affect the entire home and family unit, said Marla Silliman, senior vice president of Florida Hospital. We also know women are extremely busy and are more likely to put their own health concerns on hold. Part of our commitment will include a unique wellness and prevention program, designed just for women. New mom Sarah Doherty knows from first-hand experience the importance of having access to high-quality medical care, for both her and her new baby.

As a new mom of a one-month-old daughter, my life has completely changed, said Doherty. I had a very difficult end to my pregnancy and spent eight weeks on best rest in the High-risk Obstetrics Unit at Florida Hospital. The hospital's commitment to treating the health needs of women is of great comfort to me. I know Florida Hospital will be here to care for my daughter throughout her entire life.

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