Women's Health

Spectrum Health Offers Free Women’s Health Event

One third of women will have a pelvic health problem by age 60. In recognition of National Women’s Health Month, Spectrum Health Medical Group is offering a free event – “Reclaiming Your Pelvic Health” – on Thursday, May 7.

“Even though there is a high occurrence of pelvic floor disorder, many women suffer quietly,” said Mallika Anand, MD, FACOG, female pelvic floor medicine and reconstructive surgeon, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “People are reluctant to talk about it. They may be embarrassed to bring it up to their physician.”

The event takes place at the Western Michigan University Conference Center in downtown Grand Rapids, 200 Ionia Avenue SW from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Women’s health experts will discuss healthy aging, myths in gynecology, and common problems such as pelvic pain and urinary incontinence and what can be done about them.

“This disorder is treatable and women need to know what options are available to them,” said Dr. Anand. “This event is a great opportunity for women to take the first step in learning more.”

To register, visit shmg.org/events or call 616.267.2626 and choose option 4. 

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, which include 1,100 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with more than 600,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 22,500 employees. The organization provided $294.6 million in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. Spectrum Health is the only health system in Michigan to be named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics for 2015. This is the fourth time the organization has received this recognition.