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Format: 04/24/2014
Format: 04/24/2014


Going the extra mile for women's health

Friday, August 13th, 2010

By Denise Bachman, dbachman@observer-reporter.com

If Kim Malinky's smile seems to be more radiant these days, there's a very good reason: Canonsburg Hospital's solid core of health-care services just got better.
Yesterday, the hospital held an open house to unveil its Center for Women's Health, a wellness center dedicated to advanced female care by physicians and surgeons in a variety of fields from the West Penn Allegheny Health System.

"Obviously, this was created out of strategic planning," said Malinsky, president and chief executive officer of the hospital. "There were gaps in what we provide, and we thought, 'What can we do to fulfill the needs of the community?'"

Not only has the hospital expanded its existing offerings for women, it's also adding services and physicians.

Dr. Amy Schuett, who specializes in women's cardiovascular disease at the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute in Pittsburgh, will join the staff in September. She will provide women with an overall assessment of their cardiovascular health and a gender-specific action plan for preventing and treating heart disease.

"She has a sensitivity to women's heart issues," Malinky said.

The center also is training physical therapists to help women reduce or eliminate urinary incontinence through therapy and exercise programs. Even though symptoms can range from mild to severe, urinary incontinence is a medical problem that often goes undiagnosed because of the sensitive nature of the topic.
In addition, the center will be offering venous ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that seals damaged or unsightly veins. Malinky estimates that service will be available within the next six months.

The center's medical nutrition therapy program has expanded and includes a dietitian who will provide counseling and individualized nutritional plans for diabetic and cardiac patients, as well as those seeking weight management advice.

Malinky said the blueprint for the center started to emerge more than a year ago when the hospital recruited Dr. Donald Keenan. Keenan, a board-certified general surgeon, not only brought to the hospital "his reputation and expertise" in the treatment of benign and malignant breast disease, he also encouraged the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic technology.

Hence, the breast health suites now offer diagnostic imaging via digital mammography scans and breast MRI scans. Digital mammograms include cushion pads for comfort, and the breast MRI scans provide physicians with in-depth images for women who have large, dense breast tissue.

"Our first investment was to upgrade mammography to digital," Malinky said.

Gynecological care, including labor and delivery services, also is provided at the women's center by Western Pennsylvania OB-GYN Associates, and the hospital's bone-density program is now available on a full-time basis.

The Center for Women's Health is located in space previously occupied by the old emergency room. It has its own entrance, and the bone-density and ultrasound suites are accessible from both the waiting room and main hallway.

The waiting room and exam rooms feature rounded chairs designed to accommodate the population's increasing girths, and the warm, soothing brown-and-gold color scheme and furnishing were selected by Marilyn Kovach, director of medical imaging.

"Part of it was to make it a comfortable experience, too," Malinky said.

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