Together. And Altogether Better.
Right here in Oregon, right now, something unprecedented is happening.
Something that will change the way women are treated and cared for,
and change the way women’s health issues are researched and
taught. This is a story of commitment and innovation that will eventually
touch us all. Together, Oregon Health Sciences University and hundreds
of women and men in our community are creating a new reality for providing
health care and health information that goes beyond tradition and
beyond expectations: The Center for Women’s Health at OHSU.
Today, more than half the population of America is female. There are
more than 113,000,000 women age 18 and older in this country. Yet
the current health care system falls far short of meeting many of
women’s unique needs. Health care for women isn’t always
a simple matter of calling the physician or other health care provider,
making an appointment, and getting help and answers.
For many, it is a frustrating exercise, a confusing experience involving
fragmented services, conflicting information and unclear outcomes.
For some, it can become an unsettling journey through a maze of providers
and facilities, ending in frequent dead-ends and disappointments.
The same fragmentation and missed opportunities often plague the dissemination
of women’s health information and the conduct of women’s
health research. Until now, there hasn’t been a clear vision,
an integrated focus, an inspired re-invention of health care, communication
and research for women.
Simply stated, the mission of OHSU’s Center for Women’s
Health is to change all that.
Nurtured by a clear need, and led by a group of women in our community,
the Center for Women's Health was born to create both a new vision
and a new home for women's health care and research in Oregon, and
to promote women's full understanding of their bodies and how to best
care for them. And to integrate the extraordinary resources of OHSU,
recognized as one of the country's top care and research centers —no
institution is better suited to launch a new era in women's health
Today, OHSU is vigorously planning for the expansion and enhancement
of the Center for Women's Health. Its promise is becoming reality.
A resource unlike anything in the Northwest, weaving the complete
tapestry of women's health into OHSU's missions of healing, teaching,
and discovery. This will be a place where traditional barriers are
gone. Where women of all ages will have access to care for every aspect
of their health, and to up-to-date information on any women’s
health issue. From primary care to obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology
to nutrition--virtually every specialty, virtually every kind of provider,
all coordinated in a seamless integration of activities, communication,
compassion and care to best serve each woman's individual needs.
Here, pioneering research will lead to new understanding in prevention
and treatment of health concerns that affect women. And vital new
women’s health breakthroughs will be easily accessed by health
care providers, scientists, teachers and students. The Center will
be patient-friendly, family-friendly, community-friendly and future-friendly.
A resource for all, leading the way in a new approach to the health
and well-being of women.
Together, this is what we will build: a landmark new facility, with
over 100,000-square-feet of groundbreaking clinical, educational and
research space. Energized by its comprehensive, collaborative approach
to women’s health, the building will contain medical offices,
diagnostic and treatment rooms, classrooms, counseling rooms, a wellness/fitness
center, an educational resource center and bookstore, and child care
In both design and function, the Center will link the science and
art of healing, conventional and complementary care, traditional and
“alternative,” technology and nature. This will be a place
where the “whole” of each woman is cared for, recognizing
the complex interrelationships between physical, mental, emotional
and spiritual health.
Right now, more than 185 OHSU faculty and staff are at work developing
and implementing Center for Women’s Health programs that will
distinguish and power the new facility. There will be an extensive
range of programs in comprehensive care, with special attention given
to wellness and prevention. Public and provider education will be
a priority. And the coordination of a wealth of OHSU biomedical research
programs into a focused agenda for women’s health will accelerate
the turning of research results into clinical reality.
The momentum builds each day. The possibilities expand at the speed
of new ideas. Now, we need you. Even with the incredible progress
that’s been made, there is much to be done. It will take the
sustained philanthropic support of our entire community to reach this
important goal. Success
depends upon the actions of people like you. Your support, your commitment
to the Campaign for Women’s Health and OHSU’s Center for
Women’s Health, will help determine what the future of health
and health care looks like for ourselves, our mothers, our daughters,
our sisters, our wives.
Beginning today, right now, add your voice and your resources to our
goal of a new vision of health in body, mind and spirit for all women.
Help us build the Center for Women’s Health. Help us build our
future. Thank you.