The familiar strands of Brahms Lullaby played Wednesday at the Culpeper Medical Center Women’s Center UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology department, signalling a new arrival.
This time, it wasn’t a bouncing baby boy or girl - but a whole new facility for the Culpeper community to utilize.
The new women’s center officially began accepting patients May 6 but on Wednesday hosted a ribbon cutting, in partnership with the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, to welcome the community to the state-of-the-art facility at 633 Sunset Lane.
“This is really an awesome event that is long overdue for our community,” said Jeff Hetmanski, President of Culpeper Medical Center, a facility of Novant Health UVA Health System. “I think back to nearly six decades ago and the founding members of our hospital that were tired of traveling out of community to deliver. I think that if they were here with us tonight they would be truly impressed with Culpeper Medical Center has become and especially this women’s facility.”
With both primary and preventative care services available to women of all ages, the center is equipped to meet the healthcare needs of women in every stage of life. Providers, trained to understand the changing needs of women over time, offer care for long-term OB/GYN health in adolescent, adult, pregnant, menopausal or post-menopausal and geriatric women.
Brandi Taylor, nursing director of women’s services, said that the new center meets a need that community members had been asking for.
“We needed a more expansive and updated area for our community,” Taylor said. “Within this building we have the capability to bring in other services pertinent to women. This space allows us to do that. In the future we will expand and grow to offer all types of services.”
The women’s center offers 9,000 square feet of clinical space including 11 spacious exam rooms, designated areas for minor procedures, ultrasounds and consultations, a full-service lab for lab work and offices for providers and staff.
The center offers OBGYN services, internal fetal medicine and genetic counseling. Taylor said the center sees women ages 10 to 100 and helps those who may have been traveling to Charlottesville for services.
“A lot of the patients that head to Charlottesville, that may be high risk pregnancies, they can stop in this office and see a provider via telemedicine,” Taylor said.
The center saw 1,250 patients in May, 150 more than the previous month.
“To see that response, I think it exceeds our expectations,” Hetmanski said. “This is exceptional, we had this from the works in 2015,. We were faced with losing OB services for years. Working with the county health department and it was so well received we outgrew the space. This is probably a year overdue. We’re so excited to have the expanded space, especially for the women of the community.”
Dr. Jeff Ferguson, chair of UVA High Risk Maternal Fetal Medicine, addressed the crowd of more than 100 people - saying that it was teamwork that made the facility happen.
“This almost takes my words away, this facility is spectacular,” Ferguson said. “I think the most wonderful part of this is that patients in Culpeper County and beyond don’t have to go anywhere to get the best care.”
Dr. Kevin Stocker, MD, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, admitted that when it he came to the practice two and a half years ago, he had some questions about the commitment to women's health in the community. Those were quickly answered by the staff and administration at Culpeper Medical Center.
“The board and Jeff really stepped up and made a deep commitment to this hospital and showed us the importance to the future of the hospital that women’s health care plays,” Stocker said.
The providers at UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology at Culpeper Medical Center include a team of board-certified OB/GYN doctors, aided by a nurse practitioner and a physician’s assistant.
For more information about UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology at Culpeper Medical Center, a department of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, visit novanthealthUVA.org/uvaobgyn.