Recognizing that women have unique healthcare needs that they often push aside to meet the demands of family and work, Mount Sinai Medical Center recently launched a new program to make it easier for women to get the care they need, when they need it.
On Friday, Mar. 8, Mount Sinai Medical Center celebrated International Women’s Day with the inauguration of a new Women’s Centered Care Program. Designed to meet the specific healthcare needs of women, this program makes it easier for female patients, and their families, to access the excellent medical care that Mount Sinai provides.
The program features a multidisciplinary network of physicians and healthcare professionals who understand these needs and work together to optimize women’s health and well being. This dedicated team provides diagnosis, treatment and support services that are tailored to each individual patient. Key physicians in the program are trained in gender-specific medicine to fully understand the unique medical challenges that women often face.
“While most people are certainly aware of the obvious differences between men and women,” said Dr. Veronica Rodriguez McCloskey, cardiologist with the Mount Sinai Heart Institute and part of the network of physicians in the Women’s Centered Care Program, “they may not be aware that men and women react differently to some medications and that women are more vulnerable to some diseases and may have different symptoms than men.
“For example, a man and woman may experience severe chest pain or pressure when having a heart attack, but women also can experience a heart attack without chest pressure,” she said. “Their symptoms often are more subtle.”
Mount Sinai’s Women’s Centered Care Program includes physicians who see patients on the hospital’s main campus in Miami Beach, as well as its satellite centers in Aventura, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables and Hialeah. The doctors’ specialties include cardiology, oncology, urology, endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders, diagnostic imaging, psychiatry, and more.
In addition, a healthcare navigator will assist patients by helping find doctors, scheduling appointments, answering health-related or financial questions and coordinating services between subspecialties throughout the medical center. The navigator also will facilitate communication between the patient and her physicians.
“The healthcare navigator is a unique feature of our program and a personalized service we are proud to offer our patients,” said Dr. Estelamari Rodriguez, oncologist in the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair of the Women’s Centered Care Program. “Here at Mount Sinai we want to make the experience of going to a healthcare facility — getting appointments and coordinating their care among all their physicians — easier and hassle-free.”