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Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC (University Pennsylvania Medical Center)


This Center is designed especially for women who have disabilities, with an emphasis on affording physical access to equipment and procedures. The following excerpts taken from the Center’s website explains its purpose and provides concrete examples of the methods employed.

The purpose:

"Women with disabilities need access to timely gynecologic and breast exams in addition to their special health care needs. The Center for Women with Disabilities is designed to overcome physical barriers to routine women’s health care. We offer a comprehensive, patient-centered model of care that encourages and facilitates equal access and accommodation of physical differences."

Services provided:
-Pelvic exams
-Pap testing
-Women’s wellness exam
-Clinical breast exam
-Birth control

Affording Accessibility
On its website, the Center claims its services to be “Accessible by design” and explains what that means:

“……For example, women in wheelchairs are weighed on a scale in their chairs and the wheelchair is weighed separately later. Our mammogram equipment is wheelchair accessible. As some women with disabilities experience leg spasms, we can accommodate them with specially designed stirrups for safety, security, and comfort.”

The specialized equipment includes:
-scales for weighing women in wheelchairs
-universally accessible exam tables
-patient lifts
-padded hydraulic stirrups for comfort

Excerpts taken from the Center’s website on 9/29/2010 (www.upmc.com/HospitalsFacilities/Hospitals/Magee/SpecialtyServicesWomen/womenwithdisabilities/Pages/default.aspx)

Contact Info:
Organization:Center for Women with Disabilities
Address:300 Halket St., Suite 5600
Pittsburgh,, PA 15213

Web Links

Home page of program for Women with Disabilities

Home page of Magee Women's Hospital

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