Women's Health & Wellness Institute
The Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center elevates care for women by offering a personalized, holistic experience that champions women’s overall wellbeing beginning at puberty, through childbearing years, during menopause and beyond.
Designed by women, for women, the institute is a one-stop-shop for exceptional care and is a resource for education, awareness, prevention and mental and physical care – providing everything a woman needs to live a healthy life.
“The institute is set up to not only carry the patient through the disease process but also restore her to wellness in the prevention and wellness space.”
– Tiffany Grunwald, MD, Executive Medical Director - Women’s Health & Wellness Institute
Providence Saint John’s Women’s Health & Wellness Institute empowers women to take control of their health care and the unique challenges that mark each stage of life.
By coordinating all aspects of care – well-women, gynecology, obstetrics, screenings, imaging and, when necessary, surgical care – and offering clinical programs specializing in breast, pelvic and maternal health in conjunction with brain, cardiac and other disciplines, the Women’s Health & Wellness Institute revolutionizes the way women access and receive care.
Our Centers of Excellence include:
- Brain Health and Cognitive Care
- Cancer Care including lung, melanoma, endocrine and gastrointestinal
- Dermatological Center
- Gynecologic Oncology Center
- Heart Center
- Integrative Health
- Margie Petersen Breast Center
- Maternal Care
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Nutrition and Dietary Health
- Pelvic Floor Disorders
- 4th Trimester Care (Postpartum)
Tiffany Grunwald, MD FACS and Stephanie Ayers, MSN RN are co-executive directors of the Women’s Health and Wellness Institute at Providence Saint John’s. Together, the two leaders guide the institute’s medical and strategic programs and work with like-minded physicians, physician-scientists, surgeons and psychologists, nurses and patient navigators.
Dr. Grunwald, division chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Providence Saint John's, is a leading specialist in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Throughout her career, Dr. Grunwald has worked extensively with breast cancer survivors to restore their natural breast shape following mastectomy. She is known for her personalized approach to care, as she develops long-term relationships with her patients and modifies solutions to fit their individual needs.
Stephanie is dedicated to achieving care excellence by crafting patient-centered strategies and forming key partnerships to execute her vision. Throughout her nursing career, Ayers led multidisciplinary teams, increased operational efficiencies and improved physician and patient satisfaction.
The Women’s Health & Wellness Institute is deeply committed to the clinical care and medical research efforts of women’s health and – as an industry leader – recognizes there is an opportunity to better support women as they navigate their health care journey.
With close proximity to multidisciplinary teams at Providence Saint John’s, the institute is primed to collaborate on a multitude of research projects to understand diseases, develop therapies, innovate minimally invasive solutions and discover cures.
Currently, numerous clinical trials are being conducted at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute in conjunction with the Margie Petersen Breast Center. Researchers are also exploring integrative medicine that blends conventional medicine with complementary care.
At the Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, we believe that education of both patients and physicians is key to creating awareness that leads to prevention, early detection and improved treatment outcomes for conditions and diseases. The institute’s mission centers on whole-person care for each patient and their families.
In addition to working one-on-one with patients, navigators host community events covering a range of topics, including cognitive exercises and fitness, women’s heart health, urinary incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, mindfulness, mental health, meditation, genetics and navigating hormonal changes, among other areas of interest.
The institute leaders also are focused on training physicians through fellowships that enable doctors to elevate their skillsets, practice leading-edge techniques and provide better care to their patients. For example, the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship program provides one graduate each year with real-world training and experience in breast cancer risk assessment, breast cancer screening, diagnostic workup, cancer treatments and survivorship strategies that helps emerging physicians become leaders in breast cancer care.
The institute will offer care in a thoughtfully designed, newly constructed building on 7,000 square feet of clinical space. This building, which is set to open in 2023, will be a dedicated area for women to be treated in a serene setting promoting comfort and healing.
The clinical space will house leading edge equipment for the full spectrum of women’s care, including testing, diagnostics, imaging, and other technologies changing the health care landscape. The juxtaposition of a tranquil retreat addressing emotional needs when delivering top-notch health care, ensures women experience the best care for their health and wellbeing.
From adolescence to motherhood to menopause and beyond, the specialists and physicians at the Women’s Health & Wellness Institute not only provide preventive care, but also help prevent, diagnose and treat the diseases and conditions that can affect patients’ physical and emotional wellbeing.
The institute’s services are designed to accommodate the medical needs of all women, using an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We have specialists in these areas:
- Behavioral health
- Brain and cognitive health
- Breast health
- Cancer care
- Cardiac care
- Endocrine care
- Genetic testing
- Menopause and hormone imbalance
- Minimally invasive and robotic surgeries
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Prenatal care
- Well-women exams
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