New Downtown Women’s Health Clinic and What It Means for Women in SLCApr 7, 2017
University of Utah Health has a new Women’s Clinic. It features care for women of all ages, free on-site health coaching and plenty of parking. Dr. Kirtly Jones talks with Dr. Jen Eggebroten, OB-GYN at the new clinic, about what’s unique about the clinic, why she chose to practice there and what it means for female patients in the Salt Lake Valley.
Dr. Jones: Ladies, what is important to you when you choose where to get your women's healthcare? Is it the doctor, is it the location, or is it the parking? This is Dr. Kirtly Jones from obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah Health, and this is The Scope.
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Dr. Jones: For many years, I was enormously grateful for my patients, who came from all over the West to see me. At the time, our clinic was small and cramped, and the parking was daunting. Year after year, I would thank my patients for returning to see me for their care, and I thought about what it would be like to have a space that was easier for them. University of Utah Health, has done just that in the creation of our new women's health clinic. And today in The Scope studio, we're talking with Dr. Jen Eggebroten, an OB/GYN at the Downtown Women's Clinic. Thanks for joining us, Dr. Eggebroten.
Dr. Eggebroten: Thanks so much for having me. It's really great to be here and letting you know about our new program, and our new facilities.
Dr. Jones: Great. Well, Dr. Eggebroten, you could have had a job as an OB/GYN anywhere in the country. What made you choose this clinic to base your practice?
Dr. Eggebroten: As a graduate of the University of Utah program in OB/GYN, it's always been a place that I have the utmost faith in the physicians and the teams, and the care provided. So I'm really thrilled to be a part of that.
Dr. Jones: Right. So this clinic is actually part of our bigger OB/GYN services and the things that we do for people throughout the Intermountain West with our home base at the university hospital for specialty care.
Dr. Eggebroten: Exactly, exactly. This clinic, while being affiliated with the University of Utah, is a clinic that offers a broad range of women's health comprehensive services in a convenient location, and really a little bit easier to access than some of the others. It was a great no-brainer for me.
Dr. Jones: Oh good. Great.
Dr. Eggebroten: It was a no-brainer for me.
Dr. Jones: So what do you think is unique about the Downtown Women's Clinic in Salt Lake City?
Dr. Eggebroten: The Downtown Women's Clinic is unique in that it provides really comprehensive women's healthcare throughout the lifespan. In addition to routine pregnancy and gynecologic care, we offer a pelvic floor physical therapy program that can help women with a wide range of issues, including pregnancy-related pain and recovery, incontinence, pelvic pain, and pain with intercourse.
Dr. Jones: Right. The incontinence part, you know, that rings true to a lot of women who've had babies, and women of a certain age. That sounds like a great idea.
Dr. Eggebroten: Absolutely. And I think a lot of women don't realize how much our physical therapist really can help them. And it's really awesome that she's just down the hall from my clinic, and really easy for my patients to see.
Dr. Jones: Right. And I heard you also have a wellness coach that's free for the patients who come to see you.
Dr. Eggebroten: She is. And she's lovely. She can help women with any . . . just about any health-related goal, if that's weight loss, if that's incorporating exercise or dietary changes, to help them achieve really, like I said, any of their health-related goals or challenges.
Dr. Jones: Well, so what do you think the advantages are of having a beautiful clinic one minute away from a brand new labor and delivery unit where you can deliver your babies?
Dr. Eggebroten: It's so convenient for our patients to be able to come in for their pregnancy care, for their prenatal visit. Often times, they'll stop by labor and delivery for a tour after their visit, before they are ready to come in and labor. And then when they do come for their delivery, we're right nearby. We can stop by between patients and check in on them during labor or afterwards, and just be very available.
Dr. Jones: Right, being very available when you're needed to be there right now, rather than being 15 or 20 minutes away.
Dr. Eggebroten: Exactly.
Dr. Jones: And there's no traffic. You can just walk right across the bridge. Right. Right, right. Well, do you have a special interest within the field of obstetrics and gynecology?
Dr. Eggebroten: I think that what really drew me to obstetrics and gynecology was the ability to provide reproductive care to women throughout their lifespan. The needs of a teenager are really different than a pregnant woman or a new mom. And they're different than someone who's had a couple of babies and might be approaching midlife. And they're different than someone who might be in menopause and have completely different needs. And I think there's something really special about being able to see women starting at a young age, and follow them through to menopause and beyond. And there's so much confusion and sometimes embarrassment about reproductive healthcare, and I just love that we have so much to offer, and so much that we can bring to our patients to make their lives better.
Dr. Jones: Absolutely. In my own long-term career, it was . . . I often had three generations in the same family. So I had the grandmothers, who I'd grown up with, now that I'm that age. I had the moms who were in their early . . . late 30s, early 40s and I had their teens.
Dr. Eggebroten: Absolutely.
Dr. Jones: And it was a real treat.
Dr. Eggebroten: It's so fun.
Dr. Jones: Of course, confidentiality is a big . . .
Dr. Eggebroten: Of course.
Dr. Jones: Of course, of course, of course.
Dr. Eggebroten: Yes, yes. But it's so much fun.
Dr. Jones: It's so much fun. Well, when I think about my own choices for healthcare, I want a physician who's well-trained, and who I can trust, and who remembers me when I come in for care. Who has partners who I can trust to care for me if my doctor is away, where I can talk about my wellness as well as my illness, and good parking. So at the University of Utah Health, we've been creating these places for healthcare. So join us, and thanks for joining us on The Scope.
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