Women’s Care Florida Acquires Women’s Health & Wellness

Women’s Care Florida is pleased to announce that Women’s Health & Wellness has joined its multispecialty physician group. Women’s Health & Wellness patients will now benefit from direct access to comprehensive medical specialties offered by Women’s Care Florida providers, including gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, gynecologic pathology, breast surgery and genetic counseling, among many others.

Women’s Health & Wellness is an ob-gyn practice with offices in Brandon and Riverview, founded in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Zweibach—the first doctor to deliver a baby at Brandon Hospital. Today, the practice is made up of Dr. Zweibach, Dr. Natasha Champion, Dr. Mariel Rotundo and Dr. Marian Sampson. The practice’s main focus of expertise is minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgeries and outpatient hysterectomies.

“We are excited to welcome the group to our Women’s Care Florida family,” says Andrew Mintz, CEO of Women’s Care Florida. “Our organizations form a natural partnership—we share the philosophy of developing long-term patient relationships by providing care that embraces the total health needs of women, aligning with the Women’s Care Florida mission of improving the lives of women every day.”

About Women’s Care Florida

Women’s Care Florida was founded in 1998 by a small group of obstetrics and gynecology physicians in Tampa. Today, Women’s Care Florida has expanded to include patient care in several women’s specialties including gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, gynecologic pathology, breast surgery, genetic counseling, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maternal fetal medicine, behavioral health, endocrinology, gastroenterology, primary care and fertility. Women’s Care Florida has 60 locations across the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas, including two Women’s Health Centers and a pathology lab. More than 250 health care providers care for approximately 350,000 patients annually and deliver 14,000 babies each year. The organization has grown tremendously through the years by remaining true to its mission of improving the lives of women every day.


Three reasons you should attend Baby Bellies & Beyond Expo

Expecting moms, grab your tote bags and put on your best pair of walking shoes — The Baby Bellies and Beyond Expois coming to Orlando.  Women’s Care Florida is a proud sponsor of this event that helps to educate women who are planning a family, expecting a baby or already have a little one to care for.

This is one of the largest baby shows in the nation, providing moms and dads or parents-to-be with the opportunity to check out the latest in baby gear, scope out the best deals and take part in giveaways and prizes. Hundreds of vendors will be at the event that takes place on Sunday, March 5 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando.

We understand there’s a lot to think about when preparing for your little bundle of joy. Experts will be at this event to help answer questions about nutrition, prenatal care, creating a birth plan, labor & delivery, breastfeeding and more.

The Baby Bellies and Beyond Expo is right around the corner. Here are three reasons why you should attend this baby show:

Get tips and advice from the experts
Meet with a variety of experts that can help answer the questions that are keeping you up at night — especially if you’re in your third trimester. Obstetricians from our practice will be present to explain our services and provide you with guidance on several pregnancy topics. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to speak with representatives from manufacturing companies who create and sell great baby products.

Shop top brands for you and your baby
Baby Bellies & Beyond plays host to dozens of brands from Buy Buy Baby and Buggygear to Fit4Mom and Babyganics. Meet and mingle with the people behind some of your favorite products, such as top-of-the-line strollers, car seats, accessories, toys and more. Exhibitors will be there to give demonstrations and provide a mix of expert advice and quality entertainment.

Qualify for valuable giveaways 
Who doesn’t like giveaways? As soon as you enter the expo, you will have the chance to win prizes, such as strollers, cribs, car seats and more. Additionally, you’ll be able to scope out deals only available at this show.

To register for the event or to find out more, check out the event website here: http://shows.babybelliesandbeyond.com/

Honoring the past: Three doctors who helped change the fate of women’s history

March marks National Women’s History Month —a great time to celebrate the history of women’s healthcare and the amazing progress we’ve made over the centuries. In part one of this series, we’ll look at pioneering female doctors and review how they helped change the fate of medical history. In part two, we will discuss some key innovations in women’s healthcare and how they shaped how you’re cared for today.

Three women who impacted the future of women’s healthcare:

Elizabeth Blackwell—first American female doctor (1821-1910)

Born in England, Elizabeth Blackwell moved with her family to Cincinnati when she was 11. Ironically, Blackwell claimedthat she “hated everything connected with the body, and could not bear the sight of a medical book.” But when a dying friend suggested that a female physician would have better eased her suffering, Elizabeth committed to becoming a doctor.

Blackwell applied to 12 medical schools before Geneva Medical College in upstate New York finally accepted her in 1847. Two years later, on January 23, 1849, she became the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. Blackwell would go on to start an infirmary for poor women and children in New York and later helped train nurses during the Civil War. She also made frequent trips to Europe and in 1874 co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women, the first medical school for women in Britain, setting the stage for more women to pursue their dreams in medicine.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler—first African-American female doctor (1831-1895)

Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in Delaware in 1831, but grew up in Pennsylvania, where she helped her aunt provide medical care to the sick. In 1860, Crumpler applied and was accepted to the New England Female Medical College in Boston, a school established in 1848 to train women as doctors. She graduated in 1864—the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree.

After the Civil War, Crumpler and her husband moved to Richmond, Va., where she worked with the Freedmen’s Bureau to provide medical care for a large population of freed slaves. Later, she returned to Boston with her husband and practiced medicine there. In 1883 she wrote what may be the first medical book by an African-American author, “A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts,” which she dedicated “to mothers, nurses, and all who may desire to mitigate the afflictions of the human race.” Crumpler died in Boston in 1895, but is remembered as a true pioneer, not only for women, but for African Americans hoping to overcome issues of race and prejudice.

Virginia Apgar—inventor of the Apgar score (1909-1974)

Born in Westfield, New Jersey, in 1909, Virginia Apgar received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (CUCPS) in 1933. Trained as an anesthesiologist, Apgar would become Columbia’s first female full professor in 1949. She focused her work on anesthesia and childbirth. Her well-known Apgar test, which she created in 1953, is still used today to assess the health of newborns.

Apgar left Columbia in 1959 and began working for the March of Dimes. In her leadership roles there, she pushed for more attention to be paid to the problems of premature birth. Apgar was also an advocate for childhood vaccination against rubella. From 1971 to 1974 she served as clinical professor of pediatrics at Cornell University School of Medicine, where she taught teratology (the study of birth defects) and became the school’s first professor in this area of pediatrics.

For her work as a physician, educator and advocate Apgar received numerous awards and honors. Somehow she also found time to play the violin, build musical instruments, work in her garden, and learn to fly small planes.

Women’s Care Florida is dedicated to improving the lives of women through our healthcare services. Learn how we work to achieve this goal, every day.

Honoring the past: A history of women’s healthcare

In honor of National Women’s History Month, we wrote a two-part series about the history of women’s healthcare starting with female pioneers. We continue to celebrate with a look at events and innovations from the history of women’s healthcare. Let’s dive right in:

Birth control—how women took charge of their fertility
The history of birth control goes back a long way. By the early 20th century, reformers such as Margaret Sanger were pushing to make birth control more available — the sale and purchase of contraception was then illegal in the United States. Thanks to a growing birth control movement, the laws against contraception were gradually repealed (although it wasn’t until 1972 that the Supreme Court ruled that unmarried as well as married couples had the right to use contraception).

Abstinence, withdrawal, the rhythm method, and condoms were all common birth control options through the middle of the 20th century. Women also had access to diaphragms, but as these were expensive and awkward to obtain, many women turned to douching with disinfectant. In fact, Lysol disinfectant was the most popular female contraceptive from 1940 to 1960, even though it could be both dangerous and ineffective. In the 1950s, however, a new form of contraception would emerge which would revolutionize birth control: the pill.

Marketed under the name Enovid, the pill was an immediate hit when it became widely available in 1960. Women finally had an oral contraceptive that offered a safe, convenient, and reliable means of controlling their fertility. Other innovations would follow, such as the modern intrauterine device (IUD) in 1968 and, in 1990, the first implantable birth control (Norplant).

Today, after 100 years of progress, women have more birth control choices than ever before.

Cervical testing—a success story in women’s healthcare 
In 1928, Georgios Papanikolaou, a Greek doctor working in the United States, made a startling discovery: he could identify cancer cells taken from a simple swab from a woman’s cervix. After publishing his research in 1943, his testing method—the Pap smear—became routine. The number of deaths from cervical cancer, which had been the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in 1900, was cut in half.

Today, the American Cancer Society recommends that all women between 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Beginning at age 30, women should get “co-tested” with both a Pap smear and an HPV test every five years, unless they’re in a higher risk category. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the testing that’s right for you.

And keep in mind—cervical cancer is highly treatable if caught early, so it makes sense to get tested.

Mammography—a powerful weapon in the fight against breast cancer 
One of the major advances in women’s healthcare has been mammography. For women between 50 and 59, regular mammograms have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer mortality by 14%. For women between the ages of 60 and 69, mammograms have lowered the risk by 33%. What’s the story behind this important diagnostic tool?

In 1913, the German doctor Albert Salomon used x-rays to identify cancerous and non-cancerous breast tissue. In 1949 Dr. Raul Leborgne of Uruguay devised the compression imaging technique, resulting in mammograms that were more accurate. By the mid-1960s, regular mammograms had become an essential part of women’s healthcare.

Today, x-ray film has largely been replaced by the digital mammogram because it uses less radiation while offering images of greater clarity. Another exciting development in mammography is 3D breast imaging. First approved by the FDA in 2011, 3D breast imaging, has been shown to find more invasive tumors than regular mammography.

Women’s Care Florida is dedicated to improving the lives of women through our healthcare services. Learn how we work to achieve this goal, every day.

Women’s Care Florida to Expand to Southeast Orlando Area

Women’s Care Florida is meeting Orlando’s growing demand for high-quality and compassionate care by expanding its services to Southeast Orlando May 1 at 9650 Lake Nona Village Place.

Dr. Emma Fritz of Women’s Care Florida, Delaney OB-GYN said that her group is teaming up with two other Women’s Care Florida groups, OB&GYN Specialists and Winter Park OB-GYN, to open up another office that’s more accessible for patients who live outside of these service areas. Currently, some of their patients drive up to 45-minutes to receive treatment.

Dr. Fritz said that over the years, there’s been an uptick of younger couples in Orlando who have moved outside of the city to start a family. There’s no sign of this trend stopping anytime soon. The hope is that this new facility will better accommodate current and future patients who live in this up-and-coming area.

Since this is an expansion, all three groups will also remain open at their respective locations, continuing to serve high-quality care.

“We are growing as Orlando grows and expands.” Dr. Fritz said. “We’re really excited to be there.”

The new facility will have three physicians on rotation during office hours. Patients can start booking appointments now by calling the current WCF offices. Dr. Fritz said they want to hit the ground running and start treating patients as soon as the Southeast Orlando location opens.

These are some of the services they will offer:

• Normal & High-Risk Obstetrics
• Onsite Ultrasound & 4D Imaging
• Infertility Evaluation
• Pre-Conception Counseling
• Genetic Counseling

• Well-Woman Preventative Care
• Gynecological Consultations
• Adolescent Gynecology Care
• Menopausal Medicine
• Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
• Birth Control Counseling
• Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears
• Genetic Counseling for Cancer
• Urogynecology Evaluation
• Gardasil HPV Vaccination

The Southeast Orlando location will provide in-office procedures such as NovaSure Endometrial Ablation and LEEP Procedure. Surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries will be available at this facility as well.

The new office will have 12 exam rooms and an Onsite Ultrasound. Women who already have a physician at one of the three locations may be able to follow them to this new facility. Many of them will practice there, including Dr. Fritz.

“I am going because a lot of my patients live out there, so they don’t have to drive as far,” she said.

To learn more about the new location or to schedule an appointment with a physician there, call either of the following WCF groups; Delaney OB-GYNOB&GYN Specialists or Winter Park OB-GYN.

Health Concerns after Hurricane Irma

2017 will be remembered as one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in our lifetimes. Hurricane Harvey’s unrelenting rain in Texas, followed by Hurricane Irma’s destruction in the islands and the Florida coast, were natural disasters of epic proportions. In Florida alone, Irma caused more than 40 deaths. Even though the storm is long gone and the flood waters have receded, there still remain serious health risks.

According to a recent article on Vox, physicians in both Texas and Florida are preparing for an increase in conditions related to coastal storms and flooding, including respiratory problems, skin infections, mosquito-borne diseases and mental health problems after the storms. If you have concerns about your exposure to viruses, mold or pollutants, talk to your doctor or make an appointment at Women’s Care Florida.

Hurricane Irma’s lingering health risks:

  • Skin infections caused by exposure to bacteria and viruses in floodwaters. The Florida Department of Health has released several warnings to residents to avoid direct contact with floodwaters that may contain sewage and fecal matter, as well as agricultural and industrial waste. If you have a wound that develops redness, swelling or drainage, see a physician. The DOH also recommends thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting household items that may have been in floodwaters.
  • Respiratory problems caused by mold. Moisture left behind by flooding creates a perfect environment for the spread of molds in homes and businesses. Exposure to mold spores can cause respiratory infections, and aggravate allergies and asthma. For some people, these conditions can lead to coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips to protect yourself from mold growthand exposure.
  • Mosquito-borne illnesses. Hurricane flooding can increase mosquitos’ breeding opportunities and the spread of diseases such as West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. And while we’re at the end of the transmission season for 2017 (peak between August and October), there remains a long-term risk of increased occurrences of mosquito-borne illnesses spread by people traveling between the Caribbean islands and the US.
  • Short- and long-term mental health problems. Weathering a hurricane – being forced to evacuate your home, the destruction of property, or the loss of a loved one – can cause severe stress and for a percentage of the population, can lead to long-term mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression. Counseling and support services can be found through local care providers or organizations such as the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) a national hotline for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

If you have concerns about your health or your family’s health as a result of recent storms, we recommend you contact your doctor or health care provider. Find a physician at Women’s Care Florida by clicking here.