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Release Date: 11/23/2015

Wendy Baltzer-Fox, PT, DPT, GCS, WCS, of Cranston, supervisor of Women's Health Physical Therapy Services at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has been honored as the first board certified women’s health clinical specialist with the Mary DuVally Distinguished Service Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Physical Therapists Association (APTA).

The award is presented to a member, past or present, of the Rhode Island Chapter of the APTA who has selflessly provided distinguished service to the Rhode Island Chapter and to the community and has significantly helped advance the profession of physical therapy. “I know most of the previous awardees,” said Baltzer-Fox. “I feel very humbled to be a part of this group.”

Currently, Baltzer-Fox serves as chief delegate from Rhode Island to the House of Delegates of the APTA as well as the Governor’s appointee to the Board of Physical Therapy for the Rhode Island Department of Health. As adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island, she teaches in the physical therapy program and mentors students as a clinical instructor. Baltzer-Fox’s past roles in the physical therapy community include serving on the board of directors of the state chapter of the APTA in various roles including treasurer, and most recently two terms as president from 2009 to 2013, and as an appointee to the Office of Women’s Health Advisory Committee with the Rhode Island Department of Health.

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.

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 the APTA

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 90,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.

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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