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Release Date: 03/02/2015
Wendy Baltzer-Fox, PT, DPT, GCS, WCS, of Cranston, supervisor of Women's Health Physical Therapy Services at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, has been appointed to the Rhode Island Department of Health Board of Physical Therapy. The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Department and to the Director of Health in all matters pertaining to the practice of physical therapy. In her role on the board, Baltzer-Fox is responsible for the review and approval of applications for initial licensure, formulation and promulgation of rules and regulations pertaining to the practice of physical therapy, and exercising disciplinary authority over those who practice in the state.

A graduate of Boston University, Baltzer-Fox earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston. She is board certified in geriatric physical therapy and is the only physical therapist in Rhode Island to also be certified in women's health. She is the past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she was an active member of the Section on Women's Health, the Oncology Section, and Health Policy. Currently, Baltzer-Fox is the Chief Delegate from Rhode Island to the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Women & Infants offers a comprehensive array of Women's Health Physical Therapy Services to help women of all ages with a variety of conditions to enhance their quality of life and promote overall wellness. Inpatient services are provided in conjunction with the high-risk obstetrical service, postpartum services, and the Program in Women's Oncology. Outpatient services are offered through the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.

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 major 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 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

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 first 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 Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 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 and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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