Winnie Palmer Hospital Hosts 400 Women Leaders to Unveil a New Vision for Women's Health

Join the conversation about the vision for the future of women's healthcare.


Geo Morales, APR
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ORLANDO, Fla (January 15, 2013) - Close to 400 of the community's most influential women were on hand at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to celebrate women and join the conversation about the vision for the future of women's healthcare.

Titled Forces of Nature, Faces of Change, the event welcomed women from the community and invited them to interact with physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders to talk about a new approach to healthcare that focuses on the patient. The Patient-First strategy is a new model of care launched by Orlando Health two years ago that revolves around clinical integration and high quality.

"Women are the heart of families throughout this community and more than ever, women are making healthcare decisions for themselves and others they care for," says Kathy Swanson, president of Winnie Palmer Hospital. "Our event tonight is a starting point for the conversation that will continue to advance us into a healthcare future that is about women, for women."

The event featured a formal introduction to According to Winnie, a recently launched blog and online community where live communication between women and physicians can continue to grow. The site allows women to join conversations on healthcare, prevention and wellness, dieting, recipes, family health, and more. It is a regular gathering place for women who want to see and talk about the latest in women's health, and share opinions on what they want from their doctors and healthcare providers.

The event also included the unveiling of conceptual renderings for a new building that is part of the vision for the future of women's healthcare. The concept is the proposed home for the Winnie Palmer Center for Women's Health. It will be dedicated to women and consolidate a full-range of healthcare services into one setting. It is part of the Patient-First strategy to extend a high level of service to women in more convenient outpatient settings.

"The concept for the Winnie Palmer Center for Women's Health reflects what we've heard from women in this community about increased convenience, coordinated care, and an enhanced level of service," says Sherrie Sitarik, president and CEO of Orlando Health. "We're listening to what women have to say about healthcare and finding ways to implement that feedback into what we do."

The evening's event coincided with the ninth anniversary of the groundbreaking for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Special guests included Amy Saunders, daughter of golf legend Arnold Palmer and his late wife, Winnie.