It’s nice to know that women in our community have specialty care close to home from providers who are well trained to care for you, no matter what your age. With the arrival of Dr. Steven Foley, OB-GYN in January 2017 came new procedures, including the latest in incontinence care and gynecological surgeries to name a few. Sharon Hendricks, Certified Nurse-Midwife, is available on call to deliver babies and assist with surgeries. Prowers Medical Center is proud to offer the full gamut of women’s health services.
“Our jobs as healthcare providers is to share knowledge and help our patients make decisions that are right for them. I very much believe patients should direct their own care. What’s best for me or others, may not be best for them. Every patient is different and I respect that,” said Hendricks.
Dr. Steven Foley chose to study gynecology because he enjoys helping women regain health. He also appreciates the variety it provides with opportunities to perform surgery, meet with patients in the Clinic and deliver babies. He has a special passion for treating polycystic ovary syndrome—a common endocrine system disorder where women may have enlarged ovaries, irregular menstrual periods, acne, extra facial hair, infertility and obesity. He’s also pleased to offer a variety of options to women suffering from both urinary and stool incontinence, and prolapse.
Attentive Labor and Delivery Care
Dr. Steven Foley enjoys delivering babies and he appreciates the tight-knit group of dedicated nurses in the New Beginnings Birth Center. Because of its smaller size and the fact that they usually don’t deliver multiple babies in one day, the team can offer individualized care like walking the halls, showering or sitting in the tub while laboring, using labor balls and peanut balls, promoting skin-to-skin time the first hour after birth during what’s dubbed the “golden hour,” and personalized breastfeeding and newborn care support.
“Depending on the concern, high risk pregnancies and deliveries can be done here. If they need more specialized care with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist we work closely with the outside doctor to coordinate care. Bottom line, we focus on where the patient is best served,” said Hendricks, who was a labor and delivery nurse for years before becoming a Nurse-Midwife.
“I am excited to be transitioning to a new inpatient “hospitalist provider” position, but am grateful that I will still be taking call for labor and delivery patients,” said Hendricks. Sharon will continue to provide services to her patients who are pregnant and currently seeing her for obstetric care.
For moms finding it difficult to get pregnant, Dr. Steven Foley helps evaluate the issue and present solutions.
Care Through the Years
For women on the other end of the spectrum, the team treats menopause symptoms with bioidentical hormone replacement, and other issues that come with aging including urinary and stool incontinence, pelvic prolapse, infusions for bone density loss, and more.
For women of all ages, annual wellness exams are provided by both Dr. Steven Foley and several female family practice providers at the Prowers Medical Center Clinic. During wellness exams, providers give a general health checkup, answer questions on family planning and provide cancer screens.
“The services we offer are of the same caliber as those offered by much larger facilities. We have top of the line equipment, including a CT Scan and MRI on site which is rare for a rural hospital, and a brand new, leading edge surgery area. We have everything we need to provide high quality care for women,” Foley concludes.
Women’s Services Available at Prowers Medical Center
family planning services
incontinence, all types
infusions for bone density loss
labor and delivery, including high risk pregnancies
polycystic ovarian syndrome
prenatal care and screenings
screenings for STDs, and other diseases
To make an appointment with Dr. Steven Foley, OB/GYN, call the Prowers Medical Clinic at 719- 336-3179.