Mercy - Des Moines Opens New Health Center Exclusively for Women

Mercy - Des Moines Opens New Health Center Exclusively for Women

Monday, April 3, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines announced today the opening of Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women, a new facility offering a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to women’s health care that combines traditional medical services with holistic, complementary treatments. Appointments for services at Mercy Katzmann Breast Center and the medical imaging department will begin April 3, with all other services opening on April 10.
“The center is designed to address a variety of women’s health issues, including breast care, pelvic health, menopause symptom management and mental health,” said Valerie Stratton, D.O., NCMP, a physician at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. “Plastic and reconstructive surgery consultations, physical therapy, medical imaging, health screenings and assessments and complementary wellness services – including chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture – will also be offered.”
The dedicated team of women’s health experts at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women are all trained specifically in women’s health issues and will serve as an extension of services offered by primary care providers to address the distinct health care needs of women. The team will work closely with primary care providers to ensure open communication regarding each patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
“Mercy’s long-standing tradition of providing services to meet the needs of the community began in 1893 when a group of women, the Sisters of Mercy, started the legacy that continues today,” said Leisha Barcus, director of Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. “With this new facility, we’re recognizing the opportunity to bridge the gap in women’s health care that can occur as women age by providing education and specialty health care services in one convenient location.”
This 34,000 square foot facility located in a newly renovated space within the Mercy West clinic building is comprised of multiple patient care areas, including 35 patient rooms and four procedure rooms. In addition to patient care areas, the center features a public education center that will be used for seminars, demonstrations and activities; private changing areas; family consultation room; and a conference room. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women is specifically designed to help women feel at ease in a private, relaxed setting where they will receive personalized care from a team of dedicated health care professionals.
The new center is possible thanks to a generous donation from the family of Frank Comfort, a long-time Des Moines lawyer and philanthropist who passed away in 2012. Mr. Comfort expressed his desire to his family to establish a women’s center in honor of all the women in his family who he had been blessed to have in his life. For three generations, the Comfort family has generously supported initiatives benefiting the health care needs for many within our community.
For more information about the specific services offered at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women, visit To schedule an appointment, call (515) 222-7474.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy operates four not-for-profit, Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine, and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines operates as a local health system within Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

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