Saint Mary's Announces Women's Health Center

Saint Mary's Announces Women's Health Center




RENO, Nev. – Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Saint Mary's has announced the opening of a new Women's Health Center designed to support women and their continuum of care, while focusing on high-risk pregnancies and health coaching. The program aims to enhance access to services by offering comprehensive, exemplary care options tailored to inform, support, and empower women to achieve their optimal level of health. The new Center is located at 645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 655 and is now accepting new patients.

"Developing a high-risk pregnancy center will allow our community to have access to a comprehensive program dedicated to pre- and postpartum care," said Joseph L. Harris, MD, FACOG and medical director for Saint Mary's Women's Health Center. "Our goal is to provide mothers with resources that support healthy preconception, pregnancy and the management of complicated conditions such as gestational diabetes, congenital heart conditions, genetic disorders and more."

Saint Mary's provider team will collaborate with local pediatric specialists including Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Pediatric Cardiologists, and Pediatric Surgeons to provide high-quality outcomes for parents and their baby. The new center will offer both inpatient and outpatient services for medical, obstetrical and surgical complications of pregnancy including but not limited to DM, HTN, multiple gestation, and preterm labor, as well as prenatal diagnosis. Such services will include consultation and co-management for diagnostic ultrasound, amniocentesis and genetics counseling. Additionally, patients will have access to antepartum fetal testing including FHR monitoring, Doppler interrogation and ultrasound.

Leading the new Center is medical director, Joseph L. Harris, MD, FACOG who is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and by the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Harris received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York, N.Y. and has been in practice for over 35 years. Dr. Harris has practiced in a variety of private and public settings, most recently with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine academic private practice at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and was the medical director of Desert Perinatology in Chandler, Ariz.

Additionally, he has held academic appointments as a clinical associate professor OBGYN at the University of Arizona and actively led OBGYN and Family Medicine residency training and medical student education.

Also joining the Center is obstetrician and gynecologist Craig W. Klose, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. who will specialize in fertility support, high-risk pregnancy, general gynecology and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Klose is a medical school graduate from the University of Nevada School of Medicine who completed his residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Dr. Klose was a women's health specialist and has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology in the northern Nevada area for nearly 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Klose served six years in the United States Navy and attained lieutenant commander ranking. Dr. Klose is board-certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Cynthia St. Pierre, MD will be offering general OB/GYN care including physicals and exams, contraceptive care, gynecological surgery, laparoscopic surgery, menopause management and urinary incontinence management to women of all stages of life. Dr. St. Pierre received her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed both her internship and residency at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Fla. where she received first place for her resident research project and symposium case report. Dr. St. Pierre is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.

Furthermore, the Center will be offering midwifery services to women of all ages and stages. Midwives are board-certified nurse practitioners who focus on what is most important to each woman's unique situation and values and collaborate with the full provider team to provide the highest quality of care. Certified nurse-midwives, Lynn Anderson, APRN, Traci Gamet, APRN, Lynn Kennedy, APRN and Denise Rubinfeld, APRN will provide care for a range of services including pregnancy, labor and birth, menopause, family planning needs, gynecologic exams, contraceptive care, general healthcare and much more.

Saint Mary's Women's Health Center will collaborate with physician specialists, obstetricians and gynecologists to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, mothers will receive education about the full spectrum of wellness from the biology of pregnancy to nutrition, exercise, health habits, birth preparation, early childcare, and family planning, to long-term health maintenance. The Center will offer comprehensive obstetrical care through an integrated service of obstetricians, family medicine providers and midwives.

To learn more about Saint Mary's Women's Health Center, call 775-770-6940 or visit


About Saint Mary's Medical Group

Saint Mary's Medical Group is a fully-integrated Medical Group which offers a robust line of services including primary care, urgent care, The Clinic at Walmart and specialty care including the Center for Neurovascular and Stroke Care, the Center for Cardiovascular Care and the Center for Pregnancy and New Life. Designed to unite a team of board-certified physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners, the Medical Group is focused on preventive care and building medical homes. Saint Mary's Medical Group includes physicians who specialize in family practice, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's Medical Group is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit

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