Women's Health Monthly Newsletter: June 2016

CWH Celebrates Ten Years in the Kohler Pavilion

This month the Center for Women’s Health celebrates its 10th anniversary in its uniquely designed Kohler Pavilion location.

Thanks to community efforts, the Center was able to move into our extraordinary space in the Kohler Pavilion in 2006. Intended as a hub for a “one-stop shop” for women’s healthcare, the idea for the CWH was born in 1997.  The move into the Kohler Pavilion quadrupled our physical space and enabled us to provide a full spectrum of women’s healthcare services with key clinical specialties in one site

The Center’s design is intended to encourage comfort and healing as well as accessible and efficient clinical space. And over the past 10 years, the CWH has expanded and developed into a comprehensive healthcare resource center for women, for clinical care and for education. So now we celebrate, and look to the future.

Clinical Resources

Over the past decade, the Center for Women’s Health has sought to provide comprehensive medical care for women. Our goal was –and is -- to create an integrated system of women’s health care, addressing women’s distinct needs throughout their lifespan, with collaborative primary and subspecialty care informed by ongoing research.

To that end, our clinical services include women’s primary care providers, obstetrics and gynecologic care (by both medical doctors and midwives) and a range of services focused on women’s health needs – cardiology, adult and adolescent hematology, gynecologic cancer care, urology and urogynecology, physical therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, lactation services, bone density screening, and more.  Often referred to as our “sister clinic,” the OHSU Breast Center is right next door.

Physical and Experiential Design

If you have been a patient in the Center for Women’s Health at Kohler Pavilion, we don’t need to tell you that being in a beautiful space feels good to the body and soul. The architecture, layout, colors, and art in the Center were planned with women in mind. 

Our supporters helped make this happen with over 200 pieces of donated art, an exquisite garden on our terrace, and play areas for children (as many patients bring their growing families with them).  Knowing that our patients lead busy lives, we provide extended clinical hours (6:30 am -8:00 pm) one day a week – and hopefully more in the future. 

Community Education

Our extensive educational resources include classes and other programs for women, computer stations for use by patients and visitors, and a variety of handouts and brochures.   

We offer classes in healthy cooking and eating in our teaching kitchen – including an upcoming collaboration with the Knight Cancer Institute on nutrition during cancer treatment.  We also offer a variety of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting classes; and have recently added options to address the growing community interest in mindfulness.

Research

Embedded in the state’s only academic medical center, the Center for Women’s Health is an ideal place to translate new health research findings into clinical care. Patients can participate in clinical trials – leading to new treatments in many areas of women’s health-and other studies as well

Through a unique program called the Circle of Giving, the CWH encourages expanding research in women’s health..  Every year, one lucky researcher is awarded a grant of $125,000. The 2016 award goes to Dr. Phillip Copenhaver for research on Alzheimer’s Disease – a health concern that affects women at a disproportional rate. 

Dr. Copenhaver and his collaborators are investigating whether STX, a novel selective estrogen receptor modulator, can provide long-term protective effects on neurons in the brain. Ultimately, this research will help determine whether STX can be used as an alternative to estrogen to assist in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Thank you!
Every day we work toward our vision of creating a reliable, trusted, comprehensive healthcare resource for women.  We wouldn’t be where we are today without you and our other supporters.  Here’s to the next 10 years!!