Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has been named a Center of Excellence for Reproductive Resource Services by OptumHealth, an independent audit company. According to OptumHealth, not all health care providers are created equal. For complex medical conditions, the disparity is especially high. Through a rigorous evaluation process, OptumHealth developed Centers of Excellence networks that provide access to clinically superior, cost effective health care.
“At our Center for Reproduction and Infertility, we provide advanced, specialized care with a contemporary approach to women’s health care,” said Sandra Ann Carson, MD, director of the Center for Reproduction and Infertility and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “Being selected as a Center of Excellence for Reproductive Health Resources is certainly a testament to the expertise of all of our physicians and staff.”
OptumHealth has been identifying health care providers experienced in treating costly, complex and catastrophic medical conditions for more than 20 years. Each year, they conduct a rigorous evaluation process of medical centers across the country, inviting only the most experienced and statistically successful health care providers to be part of the Centers of Excellence networks.
Each medical center is evaluated annually. General measures include:
• Volumes and outcomes of procedures
• Demonstration of best-practice medicine
• Program team and team stability
• Quality of relationships with referring physicians and payers
• Clinical research and results
• Program depth and breadth
• Treatment planning and coordination
• Quality of patient/family-oriented services
• Proof of a multidisciplinary approach to health care
Women & Infants’ Center for Reproduction and Infertility is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Tufts Medical Center. The staff provides a comprehensive approach for both male and female infertility patients with a team that includes reproductive endocrinologists, nurses, social workers, and other providers, working along with specialists in male infertility, as needed. Specialized genetic services and consultation are also provided. For more information, go to www.womenandinfants.org/infertility or call (401) 453-7500.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A U.S.News Best Hospital in Gynecology and Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, Women & Infants was ranked number one in the Providence metro area and a top hospital in Cancer and Gynecology. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 8,500 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.