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Published on May 27, 2009

Abington Memorial Hospital Opens New $2.9 Million Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic

ABINGTON, PA (May 27, 2009) – To help meet the growing numbers of uninsured and underinsured women, Abington Memorial Hospital has relocated and expanded its OB/GYN Center, a clinic for women needing care during a very important time in their lives. This new, beautifully-appointed $2.9 million facility with 14 exam rooms is located at the hospital's main campus and encompasses 8,500 square feet. The hospital will continue to operate its satellite clinic at the Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus to accommodate women living in Bucks County.

"Demand for the clinic's services continues to grow dramatically, especially in these difficult economic times" said Joel Polin, M.D., chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "As a leading maternity provider, we feel a strong obligation to provide a safe haven for these women and their babies.

"More than 14,856 visits were made to the Center last fiscal year, and we anticipate even more visits this year" said Polin. "Women who use the clinic for their prenatal care account for 1,000 births or approximately 20 percent of the over 5,000 total births at Abington Memorial Hospital."

The OB/GYN Center has provided gynecological and obstetrical care for uninsured and underinsured women for about 35 years. The hospital received $400,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to expand its OB/GYN Center. The grant was facilitated by State Representative Josh Shapiro, and the funding was used to purchase new equipment for the expanding OB/GYN Center.

The OB/GYN Center employs multi-lingual nurses and financial assistance coordinators to accommodate women who speak Spanish, Korean and Portuguese. Directional signage is provided in these languages and most forms have been translated to accommodate patients for whom English is a second language. Language lines have also been installed in every room.

For babies born to women who have had their prenatal care at the OB/GYN Center, there is a safety net for them as well. Women who are undocumented residents must wait approximately three months to receive their baby's insurance card. As a result, many were waiting to obtain newborn care until after the first three months of life. The Corrine Santerian Newborn Center provides an important bridge of care for those first three months at its location on the Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus.

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 570-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and maternal/child health.

 

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