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Edinburg, TX — It’shard to imagine that only 10 years ago, the northeast corner at theintersection between Dove and McColl in Edinburg, Texas was just an empty lot.Today, it is home to the only exclusive women’s hospital in South Texas, whichis ranked among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation.

TheWomen’s Hospital at Renaissance (WHR) was opened in October 2007 as a facilitydedicated solely to women and their unique healthcare needs. It is a 151-bedfree-standing hospital that ranks among the top 10 hospitals in the UnitedStates for the number of deliveries per year. The modern facility features a triage,labor and delivery unit, antepartum unit, level III neonatal intensive careunit, newborn nursery, postpartum department, gynecology department, minimallyinvasive robotic surgery program, a gynecologic oncology program, and the RioGrande Valley’s only gynecologic urology program.

“Thisis a very special place – this is a free-standing hospital, separate from anyother services. When a woman comes in here, she is being treated byindividuals, whether they are housekeepers or physicians or lab technicians,who are dedicated to exclusively taking care of females,” states Dr. DynioHonrubia, medical director of the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance NeonatalIntensive Care Unit (WHR NICU).

Sinceopening its doors in 2007, the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has treated over238,000 women and more than 86,000 babies have been delivered. Providing thatcare has been more than 1,000 nurses and staff. Every department in the Women’sHospital at Renaissance strives to provide incomparable, compassionate care foreach of its patients. From adolescent development through pregnancy and olderage, the goal of WHR is to help all women through every stage of their lives.The hospital’s emphasis on teamwork, which involves collaboration amongstphysicians, nurses, staff, and patients, ensures the highest quality of carefor all women who enter the facility.

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“WHRis dedicated to improving the health of women and infants,” said Aida MartinezGonzalez MSN, RN, Vice President, Women’s Hospital at Renaissance. “Wecontinuously reevaluate our practices and the care we provide to our patientsto assure we are delivering the latest evidence-based practices. Likewise, ourgoal is to optimize the number of specialty services available for women in ourcommunity.”

Gonzalezcontinues, “Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary is rewarding, but it is onlythe beginning. WHR is committed toproviding superior service combined with the latest in technology andtreatments – and that is a commitment that will carry us through the next 10years and beyond.”

Comprehensive Care for Womenof All Ages

Overthe past 10 years, the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has grown to meet thehealthcare needs of women in the Rio Grande Valley. For example, WHR offersrobotic surgery services, which allows surgeons to effectively and safely treatcomplex conditions with minimally invasive surgery. WHR is also home to theregion’s only gynecologic oncology, gynecologic urology, and maternal-fetalmedicine centers.

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TheDoctors Hospital at Renaissance Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is the onlycenter in South Texas with full-time physicians who specialize in the diagnosis,treatment, and ongoing care for expectant mothers and their unborn babies whoare at a high risk for special health problems. From pre-conception counselingthrough delivery and recovery, the center provides a full range of reproductivehealthcare services in a caring and considerate manner for women in the RioGrande Valley. For complex cases that need multidisciplinary care at delivery,and those women that need surgery or a procedure requiring hospitalization,specialists provide those high-level services at the Women’s Hospital atRenaissance.

Newmothers and employees alike benefit from the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance’scommitment to breastfeeding. As a Texas Department of State Health Services designatedTexas Ten Step facility, WHR provideseducation and support for breastfeeding mothers before, during, and afterdelivery. The Texas Ten Step programprovides resources and a framework to help birthing facilities improvebreastfeeding outcomes through incremental adoption of evidence-based practices.The designation recognizes hospitals that are implementing policies that arealigned with the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

WHRhas nurses that are specially trained in breastfeeding who can help motherswith breastfeeding basics as well as more advanced techniques when necessary.Our team also consists of board-certified lactation consultants who provideassistance, education and special breastfeeding equipment for new mothers. Acrossthe hospital campus, employees have access to private rooms equipped withbreast pumps and a refrigerator to store their milk.

WHRalso houses the county’s only milk depot, where mothers can donate their milkto The Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin, which is the largest milk bank in thecountry. Donated mother’s milk is pasteurized, yet 70% of the immune factorsthat help protect babies from illness are preserved. Lifesaving donated milkgiven at the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance goes to babies in Texas and allover the United States, providing them with a safe alternative when mom’s ownmilk is not available. Since opening the WHR Milk Depot in 2011, over 90,000ounces of milk has been donated.

Award-Winning Care for Mothersand Babies

TheWomen’s Hospital at Renaissance has earned numerous awards and accolades overthe past 10 years, affirming its outstanding patient care, cutting-edge medicalexpertise, and compassionate healing environment.

What sets the Women’s Hospital at Renaissanceapart from other local facilities is its use of strict evidence-basedprotocols. For example, the WHR Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was thefirst NICU in the Rio Grande Valley to join the Vermont Oxford Network.

TheVermont Oxford Network is a non-profit voluntary collaboration of healthcareprofessionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care fornewborn infants and their families. In support of its mission, the Networkmaintains a database with information about the care and outcomes of high-risknewborn infants. The database provides unique, reliable and confidential datafor use in quality management, process improvement, internal audit, and peerreview.

Themajor focus of the Vermont Oxford Network is quality improvement—membersreceive quarterly and annual performance reports, comparing their outcomes withthose of other facilities in the network. Since day one, the WHR NICU has minedthis data to guide their daily practices; they use the reports to identifyopportunities for improvement and to monitor the success of their improvementefforts.

Byfollowing such strict guidelines, the WHR NICU has become one of the highestranked units in the nation. The WHR NICU is consistently ranked among the top5% of neonatal intensive care units in the world according to the VermontOxford Network. For the majority of complications caused by prematurity—chroniclungdisease, intraventricular hemorrhage, necrotizing enterocolitis, andretinopathy of prematurity—the WHR NICU ranks in the top 1% in the world.

Inrecognition of its commitment to achieving integrated, coordinated andpatient-centered care for mothers and their newborns, the Women’s Hospital atRenaissance was awarded Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission.As the only facility south of Austin to achieve this certification, WHR demonstratedthat its high quality, patient-centered care starts with prenatal and continuesthrough postpartum care. The hospital was also commended for the extensiveamount of patient education and perinatal care services it provides.

“Achieving Perinatal Care Certificationrecognizes the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance’s commitment to healthy mothersand healthy babies,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital BusinessDevelopment, The Joint Commission. “The certification gives them an unparalleledadvantage when it comes to preparing mothers for labor and delivery, while alsobeing able to help them if complications arise.”

Revolutionizing Women’sHealthcare

Withmore than 86,000 babies delivered and 238,000 women cared for in the past 10years, the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has revolutionized women’shealthcare in South Texas. As the only local healthcare facility dedicatedsolely to women, WHR is committed to providing women and their families withthe highest standards of family-focused, safe, and comfortable care. WHR is theflagship hospital for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley obstetrics andgynecology residency program, training the next generation of physicians toprovide evidence-based, patient-centered care. WHR offers a wide array ofservices designed to provide the highest quality of care in a comfortablestate-of-the-art facility. And, our highly-trained and qualified nursing staffis committed to providing education and support for all of our patients andfamilies. To learn more about the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance, call956-362-BABY (362-2229).



FAQs

What is the most common disease treated by an endocrinologist? ›

Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic conditions. An endocrinologist can specialize in the treatment of different kinds of diabetes and other metabolic conditions such as obesity. Thyroid disease: Many conditions can affect your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck.

Who is the best doctor of endocrinology? ›

Dr.

Anil Bhoraskar is one of the most respected Endocrinologists with 42+ years of experience in the field.

What does an endocrinologist do on the first visit for diabetes? ›

The doctor will begin by taking your vitals and assessing your weight and height. They will also check your blood sugar level if you or another member of your family has diabetes, though this doesn't happen every time. The endocrinologist will then perform a check-up to ensure you have no abnormalities on your body.

What problems do endocrinologists treat? ›

Endocrinologists are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions like diabetes, thyroid diseases, infertility, growth issues, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, some cancers, and disorders in the hormone-producing adrenal glands and pituitary glands.

Which organs of the body would be treated by an endocrinologist? ›

Endocrinology is a field in biology and medicine that deals with the endocrine system. The organs involved in the endocrine system include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes and pancreas.

What 3 diseases can affect the endocrine system? ›

Some of the most common types of endocrine disorders include:
  • Menopause.
  • Diabetes.
  • Addison's disease.
  • Cushing's disease.
  • Graves' disease.
  • Hashimoto thyroiditis.
  • Hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism.
  • Prolactinoma.

Why would a patient be referred to an endocrinologist? ›

Many disorders associated with the endocrine system involve other systems in your body. In addition to diabetes and thyroid problems, endocrinologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions such as metabolic disorders, hypertension, osteoporosis and the over or underproduction of hormones.

Is it better to see an endocrinologist? ›

Your primary care doctor may be able to manage uncomplicated thyroid disorders such as mild hypothyroidism, with medication. But if your body is exhibiting serious abnormalities, lumps or an enlarged thyroid gland, or unexplained changes in weight, your doctor will likely recommend a visit to an endocrinologist.

What is the specialty of a doctor who is an endocrinologist? ›

Endocrinologists specialize in glands and the hormones they produce which affect important processes that control metabolism, blood pressure, cholesterol, hunger, thirst, body temperature and more.

What is the best doctor to treat diabetes? ›

Endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a doctor who has special training and experience in treating people with diabetes. You should see yours regularly.

How often should a diabetic see an endocrinologist? ›

If you take insulin, you should probably see your diabetes doctor every 3 or 4 months. Otherwise, you can go a little longer between visits, every 4 to 6 months. You may have to go more often when your diabetes isn't under control, you have complications, or you have new symptoms or they get worse.

Why do diabetics go to endocrinologist? ›

To help you best manage your diabetes, an endocrinologist will help you by making sure you understand the disease process first. They will then discuss treatment options and how best to manage the disease.

What is the most common female endocrine disorder? ›

Abstract. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy among women of reproductive age, impacting 5-10% of premenopausal American women. During the reproductive years, women with PCOS seek medical attention related to infertility, hirsutism, and acne.

How do you know if your hormones are out of whack? ›

Symptoms of hormonal imbalances that affect your metabolism include: Slow heartbeat or rapid heartbeat (tachycardia). Unexplained weight gain or weight loss. Fatigue.

What tests are done in endocrinology? ›

These tests and tools are used to diagnose and evaluate endocrine disorders:
  • CT scan.
  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
  • Nuclear medicine studies.
  • Parathyroid ultrasound.
  • Post-thyroidectomy ultrasound.
  • Thyroglobulin stimulation studies.
  • Thyroid ultrasound.
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration.

What procedures do endocrinologist perform? ›

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  • Adrenalectomy.
  • Bariatric surgery.
  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)
  • Brain stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • CT scan.
  • Facial feminization surgery.
  • Feminizing hormone therapy.
  • Feminizing surgery.
2 Nov 2019

What is the most common endocrine disorder in the world? ›

Thyroid Goitre is the most common endocrine disorder. It is characterised by an enlargement of the thyroid during normal production of hormones.

What is the most common disorder related to aging and the endocrine system? ›

Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is one of the most common endocrine diseases in the elderly and the chance of developing pHPT increases with age. Elderly patients with pHPT are often not referred for surgery because of their associated comorbidities that may increase surgical risk.

What happens to the body when the endocrine system fails? ›

If there's a problem with the endocrine system, a person's body might not grow like it should or it might not work the way it's supposed to. Diabetes (say: dye-uh-BEE-tees) is one common problem with the endocrine system. It occurs when a person's pancreas doesn't make enough insulin.

What hormones do endocrinologists test? ›

Tests for total testosterone can pinpoint male hormonal issues. Other blood tests detect levels of hormones, such as cortisol, 17 hydroxyprogesterone, DHEA-sulfate, ACTH, aldosterone, vitamin D, PTH, prolactin and various forms of estrogen, that affect different systems.

How do I prepare for an endocrinologist visit? ›

How to prepare. Before you see your endocrinologist, you should obtain a copy of your recent diabetes lab test results and any related medical records to discuss with your endocrinologist at the appointment. Tell your endocrinologist what other doctors you see for your diabetes, such as kidney, eye, or feet specialists ...

Can an endocrinologist help you lose weight? ›

Endocrinologists, who are specialists in hormones and metabolism, can evaluate and treat obesity as well as weight-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. They can prescribe anti-obesity medications and care for you throughout your weight journey.

How many patients does an endocrinologist see in a day? ›

I typically see anywhere from 16-25 patients a day. Long morning. I saw a good mix of cases from diabetes, thyroid cancer, low testosterone and a pituitary tumor.

What questions should I ask an endocrinologist? ›

Top Questions To Ask Your Endocrinologist
  • Is My Diabetes Under Control To Meet My Goals? ...
  • Are There Any Concerns With My Bloodwork? ...
  • Are There Ways To Improve My Diet? ...
  • What Do I Have To Do To Avoid Complications? ...
  • Is This the Right Doctor for Me?
19 Apr 2021

When should a woman see an endocrinologist? ›

Endocrinologists typically treat:

Symptoms include sudden weight change, heart rate fluctuation, swelling of the neck, mood or energy swings, hair loss. Pituitary Problems – i.e., Diminished fertility and libido, hair loss. Adrenal problems. Chronic, worsening fatigue and muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and weight ...

Are there different types of endocrinologists? ›

Neuroendocrinology. Pediatric endocrinology. Reproductive endocrinology (a.k.a. fertility specialists) Thyroid disease.

Is an endocrinologist a DO or MD? ›

An Endocrinologist is an Allopathic medicine (MD) or Osteopathy (DO) trained Physician that is a Medical specialist in the treatment, diagnosis, and care of health disorders and diseases related to hormones, the Endocrine system Gland, and Hormone imbalances.

Can type 2 diabetes be reversed? ›

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But it may be possible to reverse the condition to a point where you do not need medication to manage it and your body does not suffer ill effects from having blood sugar levels that are too high.

What are the side effects of metformin? ›

Side effects of metformin
  • Feeling sick (nausea) Take metformin with food to reduce the chances of feeling sick. ...
  • Being sick (vomiting) Take small, frequent sips of water or squash to avoid dehydration. ...
  • Diarrhoea. ...
  • Stomach ache. ...
  • Loss of appetite. ...
  • A metallic taste in the mouth.

Which person is better to treat diabetes a diabetologist or an endocrinologist? ›

Diabetologists are more specific to diabetes and its management, while Endocrinologists are more towards the entire endocrine system including Pancreas and Insulin. Thus, for further guidance on effective insulin management, Diabetologists may seek endocrinologists' advice.

How often should a diabetic have blood work done? ›

If your treatment has changed or if you're having trouble meeting your blood sugar goals, have this test every 3 months. If you're having trouble meeting your treatment goals, visit your doctor every 3 months.

What questions should an endocrinologist ask for Diabetes? ›

10 Questions to Ask Your Endocrinologist
  • Is my diabetes in good control for my goals?
  • Does the rest of my bloodwork look normal?
  • Should I adjust my diabetes medication and/or insulin?
  • How can I adjust my care between visits?
  • What new insulins, medications and technology is on the horizon?
14 Feb 2021

Can endocrinologist prescribe metformin? ›

Physicians who commonly prescribe metformin, practice in the following specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Gynecology, and Endocrinology.

What are signs of endocrine problems? ›

The symptoms of an endocrine disorder vary widely and depend on the specific gland involved. However, most people with endocrine disease complain of fatigue and weakness. Blood and urine tests to check your hormone levels can help your doctors determine if you have an endocrine disorder.

What type of diabetes produces too much insulin? ›

Hyperinsulinemia (hi-pur-in-suh-lih-NEE-me-uh) means the amount of insulin in your blood is higher than what's considered normal. Alone, it isn't diabetes. But hyperinsulinemia is often associated with type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that's normally produced by your pancreas, which helps regulate blood sugar.

What organs does type 2 diabetes affect? ›

Type 2 diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Also, factors that increase the risk of diabetes are risk factors for other serious chronic diseases.

What is the most common disease treated by an endocrinologist? ›

Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic conditions. An endocrinologist can specialize in the treatment of different kinds of diabetes and other metabolic conditions such as obesity. Thyroid disease: Many conditions can affect your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck.

What are 2 disorders related to the endocrine system? ›

Types of Endocrine Disorders
  • Adrenal Insufficiency. Adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, produce various hormones. ...
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) ...
  • Hyperaldosteronism. ...
  • Osteoporosis. ...
  • Pituitary Disorders. ...
  • Thyroid Disorders.

What is a Dutch test? ›

The DUTCH Complete™ is the most advanced hormone test, offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones and melatonin, along with their metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances. Easily collected in the comfort of your own home, samples are then sent to our lab to be processed.

What can I drink to balance my hormones? ›

Lemon water and other infused waters are the best natural drinks for hormone balance. They improve your skin, control your appetite, regulate your blood sugar levels, and boost your overall immunity. Green tea and matcha latte are two of the best green drinks with hormone-balancing properties.

What are the best vitamins for hormonal imbalance? ›

The 4 Essential Vitamins and Nutrients for Hormonal Imbalance
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D controls the production and activity of estrogen and progesterone to keep these hormones balanced . ...
  • Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a popular vitamin, nutrient, and antioxidant. ...
  • B Vitamins. ...
  • Vitamin B12. ...
  • Vitamin B6. ...
  • Omega-3.

› ... › Type 2 Diabetes ›

After narrowing down your search for an endocrinologist, you have finally selected the one that you think will give you the best care for your diabetes. Diabete...
Endocrinologists specialize in glands, hormones, and metabolism. Find out more about what these doctors do, like helping people with diabetes or menopause.
Many people who have diabetes also have an experienced primary care (or family practice) doctor or nurse practitioner who can help them manage their diabetes. H...

What is the most common type of endocrine disorder? ›

In the United States, the most common endocrine disease is diabetes. There are many others. They are usually treated by controlling how much hormone your body makes. Hormone supplements can help if the problem is too little of a hormone.

When should you be referred to an endocrinologist? ›

What Diseases Does an Endocrinologist Treat?
  1. Diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2.
  2. Thyroid disorders: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  3. Goiter.
  4. Polycystic ovarian disease.
  5. Addison’s disease.
  6. Cushing’s syndrome.
  7. Gigantism.
  8. Dwarfism.
1 Mar 2021

What is the most common endocrine disorder in the world? ›

Thyroid Goitre is the most common endocrine disorder. It is characterised by an enlargement of the thyroid during normal production of hormones.

What are the reasons to see an endocrinologist? ›

6 Reasons to See an Endocrinologist
  • Diabetes. Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder in the U.S. It includes type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. ...
  • Thyroid Disorder. ...
  • Osteoporosis. ...
  • Low Testosterone. ...
  • Endocrine Gland Cancer. ...
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
25 Oct 2018

What is the most frequent physical symptom of the endocrine disorders? ›

However, most people with endocrine disease complain of fatigue and weakness. Blood and urine tests to check your hormone levels can help your doctors determine if you have an endocrine disorder.

What is the most common disorder related to aging and the endocrine system? ›

Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is one of the most common endocrine diseases in the elderly and the chance of developing pHPT increases with age. Elderly patients with pHPT are often not referred for surgery because of their associated comorbidities that may increase surgical risk.

What are the 4 major endocrine conditions? ›

Types of Endocrine Disorders
  • Adrenal Insufficiency. Adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, produce various hormones. ...
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) ...
  • Hyperaldosteronism. ...
  • Osteoporosis. ...
  • Pituitary Disorders. ...
  • Thyroid Disorders.

What do I need to know before seeing an endocrinologist? ›

Before you see your endocrinologist, you should obtain a copy of your recent diabetes lab test results and any related medical records to discuss with your endocrinologist at the appointment. Tell your endocrinologist what other doctors you see for your diabetes, such as kidney, eye, or feet specialists.

What questions should I ask an endocrinologist? ›

Top Questions To Ask Your Endocrinologist
  • Is My Diabetes Under Control To Meet My Goals? ...
  • Are There Any Concerns With My Bloodwork? ...
  • Are There Ways To Improve My Diet? ...
  • What Do I Have To Do To Avoid Complications? ...
  • Is This the Right Doctor for Me?
19 Apr 2021

How do I know if I have hormone imbalance? ›

Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance specific to AFAB people include: heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, stopped periods, or frequent periods. hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin, or other parts of the body. acne on the face, chest, or upper back.

Are endocrine disorders a disability? ›

Even the smallest change in hormone levels can produce complications throughout your body. As a result of the debilitating effects of some endocrine disorders, they may be recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a disabling disease and be eligible for disability.

Can hormonal imbalance cause death? ›

People with those problems frequently lack other key hormones made by the pituitary gland, such as ACTH, which directs the adrenal gland to make cortisol, a hormone necessary for life. Having too little cortisol can be fatal if not properly treated.

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