Oklahoma City Pelvic and Bladder Health Services, Earn NAFC Center of Excellence Designation

NAFC has designated The OU Medical Center and OU Physicians Women’s Pelvic and Bladder Health clinic as a Center of Excellence: Continence Care in Women

February 5, 2013 (CHARLESTON, SC) — The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has designated The OU Medical Center and OU Physicians Women’s Pelvic and Bladder Health clinic as a Center of Excellence: Continence Care in Women (COE). S. Abbas Shobeiri, MD, FACOG; Mikio A. Nihira, MD, MPH, FACOG; and Lieschen H. Quiroz, MD, FACOG are the principle physicians for this COE.

NAFC’s COE initiative was established to offer consumers, seeking solutions to their bladder and bowel control problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), a reliable, trustworthy means of finding an experienced and well-trained interdisciplinary team of experts. Health care institutions seeking to apply for this designation must first meet pre-qualification requirements set by NAFC and its COE Governance Board. The designation process is entirely patient-centered and includes a satisfaction survey of the applicants’ own patients as well as an extensive site visit. A complete list of the requirements can be found on NAFC’s website.

OU Medical Center provides inpatient care and OU Physicians provides outpatient care for women being treated surgically or non-surgically for pelvic floor disorders. OU Women’s Pelvic and Bladder Health clinic is housed in OU Physicians building on the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center campus. The clinic utilizes advanced diagnostic equipment including 3-D imaging and seamlessly integrating medicine with physical therapy in delivering patient care. Approximately 8,000 clinic visits take place annually and the number is growing exponentially.

Shobeiri, who leads the clinic program, is head of the section of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, which is recognized internationally for its leadership in graduate education and research on pelvic floor disorders. Shobeiri supervises multiple externally funded programs for research scholars and fellows in urogynecology. Nihira oversees a number of fellowship projects including the use of a tablet for recording patient surveys and real-time measuring of training performance. Quiroz is involved in directing the research agendas of fellows, particularly in the use of 3-D ultrasounds to observe the effects on aging and vaginal birth on pelvic floor muscles. From this work she plans to validate risk factors and more scientifically determine when a planned cesarean delivery may be justified. The work by the section of FPMRS has opened an entire new corridor of research aimed at improving basic science and knowledge about injury to the pelvic floor. “Embracing the vision of improving women’s health means individual patient care as well as influencing health care policy for an entire population of women,” stated Robert S. Mannel, MD, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at OU College of Medicine. “It means consistently practicing evidence based medicine and being an institution which establishes new standards of care.”

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