Published on December 10, 2021

Maternal Fetal Medicine services launch at the Women’s Center at LMH Health thanks to clinical relationship with The University of Kansas Health System

LAWRENCE, KS – Beginning in early December, LMH Health will welcome the Advanced Maternal and Fetal Care clinic to the LMH Health West Campus in the Women’s Center. These new services complement LMH Health’s already strong programs in women’s health and comprehensive gynecological and obstetrical care.

Having such a specialized clinic close to home has been made available because of the newly founded Strategic Clinical Relationship with The University of Kansas Health System.

“We are excited to bring on increased services and treatments for our patients with this new relationship,” said Jared Abel, LMH Health vice president of strategy and clinic operations. “Offering this service to our community and patients not only allows us to provide better care closer to home, but allows our patients time back in their day to avoid traveling into the KC area for their care. We are grateful for this relationship with The University of Kansas Health System and being able to welcome such an established clinic to Douglas County.”

The University of Kansas Health System Advanced Maternal and Fetal Care team offers the most advanced care for mother and fetus prior to, during and shortly after pregnancy. As the largest, most comprehensive team in Kansas and the region, their expertise, resources and outreach improve patient outcomes and comprehensive care.

LMH Health defines a strategic clinical relationship as a collaborative commitment to shared success. The Maternal Fetal Medicine expansion is an example of exactly this and was brought to life because of our committed relationship which is focused on clinical, strategic and operational improvements, while honoring the independence of LMH Health.

Physicians at the hospital’s Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists provide personalized care plans along with high-quality care and surgical expertise. Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, these physicians share a unified commitment to lifelong health, with care ranging from routine well-woman exams to birth control, fertility questions behavioral health and many other women’s health issues.

Dr. Emily Riggs, with Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists commented that having this care now offered in the Women’s Center allows for our vision of the LMH Health West Campus to continue to be upheld – a one-stop shop for all your women’s health needs, including our patient’s needs for high risk pregnancies. No more driving 40 plus minutes away for your care.

The University of Kansas Health System will offer on-site Maternal Fetal Medicine services and treatments for conditions like:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic hypertension
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Cervix insufficiency
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists will offer referrals for Maternal Fetal Medicine services and collaborate in-person with health system specialty nurses, sonographers and physicians including Dr. Angela Martin, Dr. Brian Brost, Dr. Charles Gibbs, Dr. Gene Lee, Dr. Marc Parrish and Dr. Megan Thomas.

“As we continue to advance the power of medicine in Kansas and the surrounding regions, we acknowledge that access to care is critical to patients and referring providers,” Dr. Carrie Wieneke, Chair of OB-GYN at The University of Kansas Health System said. “The realization of these strategic clinical relationships makes these collaborations possible.”

For more information regarding the clinic and the services and treatments it offers, click here.

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About LMH Health

At LMH Health, formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital, our purpose is to be a partner for lifelong health. We were founded 100 years ago on the principle that everyone in our community is entitled to high-quality healthcare. Our health system includes a 174-bed not-for-profit hospital with the latest diagnostic and surgical technology, the new LMH Health West Campus facility, and 28 primary and specialty care clinics. Supported by more than 1,800 associates and 380 providers, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of our communities and it shows in our physician expertise, innovative care and high standards of clinical excellence.

We are proud of our work. And we regularly earn national and regional honors for our high-quality service, including:

  • The Joint Commission recognized LMH Health with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center, and with Certifications for Chest Pain and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We’re also one of only two health systems in Kansas to receive Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement.
  • LMH Health is consistently recognized for leading the way in technological integration, being named as one of Digital Health's Most Wired programs by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
  • LMH Health earned the prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation in 2021. This achievement, which came after a rigorous review process, demonstrates that LMH Health adheres to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
  • LMH Health was named a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for maternity care in 2018 and again in 2020. We also earned the High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier recognition from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in 2020.
  • The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized LMH Health with the Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award since 2018 and named us to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll in 2020.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review has named LMH Health to its 100 Great Community Hospitals list every year since 2013.

New services launch at the Women’s Center

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