Health Fair on Sept. 21 Celebrates Women's Health Center

September 10, 2002
News Office: Eve Harris (415) 885-7277

The new eight-story Women's Health Center at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The "Passport to Health" fair will welcome the public at 2356 Sutter St. with health information and festivities.

Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center; Dr. Nancy Milliken, director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health; and Dr. Haile Debas, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, will lead a dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

"Our patients asked for it. Now they've got it," Milliken said. "Women have been asking for one-stop shopping and the new Women's Health Center is a major step in this direction. With both primary and specialty care now provided under one roof, we can achieve greater-than-ever coordination and communication between care providers."

Milliken, associate chair for clinical programs and associate clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, said, "A healing garden, café and Women's Health Resource Center welcome women on the first floor."

The dedication will be followed by a health fair, where attendees can pick up "passports" to be stamped when visiting information tables or participate in health screenings. A collection of stamps will make the passport holder eligible for prizes.

Among the many topics will be adolescent health, breast health, heart care and colorectal health as well as screenings such as bone density screenings.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, located at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, will host lectures on body image and integrative medicine approaches to menopause. Its staff will give demonstrations of Tai Chi and acupressure. Food and entertainment also will be provided.

"We want to promote women's understanding of how to make better lifestyle and treatment choices across their entire lifespan," Milliken said. "And we'll continue to support them in forming active partnerships with their healthcare providers."

Learning about and serving women's unique health needs are at the heart of the UCSF Women's Health Center mission. The year-old UCSF Mount Zion Women's Health Clinical Research Center is located nearby. Proximity of research to patient care means that new research findings become part of clinical practice more rapidly and that emerging patient care issues help inform research initiatives, Milliken said.

National recognition of UCSF's outstanding performance in women's health came in 1996 when the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health was among the first six designated in the nation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to patient care, the Center of Excellence works to promote research, build community partnerships, educate future providers about the principles of women's health and develop women's leadership opportunities.

The unique health needs of women are integrated into the design of the clinical services offered at the center. Primary and preventive care as well as specialty care now are provided at the same location. Specialty practices located at the Women's Health Center are:

  • Center for Reproductive Health and Fertility
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain Center
  • Comprehensive Fibroid Center
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Primary Care and Internal Medicine
  • Women's Continence Center
  • Women's Imaging: Mammography and Ultrasound
  • Women's Options Center

Other customer-friendly features include a healing garden and the adjacent Ida's Café.

Additional woman-focused specialty services at UCSF Medical Center are:

  • Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Care Center
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • WomenCare Mental Health Clinic
  • Osteoporosis Center
  • Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic
  • Women's Specialty Clinic (HIV care)

The Perinatology Practice and Prenatal Genetics Diagnostic Center provide genetic screening and prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies. Along with labor and delivery, these practices are located at the Center for Mothers and Newborns on Parnassus Street.

For more information about UCSF Women's Health or the grand opening celebration "Passport to Health," please call (415) 353-2668.