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Holy Cross begins renovations for new Women's Center

Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center at Holy Cross Healthplex is slated to open this fall

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic

From left to right, Holly Hudson Bodenweber, Steve Mehallis, Gordon Latz, Sister Genevra Baer, Holy Cross Chief Operating Officer Patrick Taylor, Holy Cross President and CEO John Johnson, Doreen Koenig, Monica Maroone and Sheri Whittington kick off construction on the new Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross Healthplex.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Holy Cross Hospital recently held a demolition event to celebrate the kickoff of construction on the new Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross Healthplex, slated to open this fall.

Joining in the festivities were representatives from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, which provided an initial $4 million donation, and more than 50 “girlfriends,” women in the community who each pledged $5,000 as lifelong members of the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center. The $15 million project is funded entirely through philanthropy.

During the event, Holy Cross Hospital unveiled Phase I renovations to the building that will be transformed into the new women’s health facility. Plans for the 55,000 square-foot space, located at 1000 N.E. 56 St. in Fort Lauderdale, include a dedicated entrance, a welcome area, education and community rooms, a cuisine center, a chapel, counseling rooms, a women’s boutique, gift shop, doctors’ offices and a computer and library research center.

“Holy Cross Hospital has already been awarded a five-star rating for maternity care and women’s health by Healthgrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization,” said John C. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross. “Our new Women’s Center will combine our outstanding healthcare services and commitment to positive patient experiences in a comprehensive one-of-a-kind facility dedicated to all women in our community.”

The Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center expands its services beyond obstetrics and gynecology to include a focus on healthcare for conditions that exist only in women, are more common in women or are biologically different in women. For example, the Women’s Center will transform the traditional 35-day wait from suspicious mammogram to surgery by providing immediate diagnosis and treatment and offering same-day comprehensive services.

“Women’s healthcare needs differ significantly from men’s,” said Doreen Koenig, who along with Sheri Whittington and Monica Maroone, spearhead the Community Leaders Committee for the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center. “Historically, women put themselves last in providing for their own healthcare, and women’s symptoms and diseases often differ biologically.”

Fundraising for the Women’s Center continues on Saturday, March 27, with the 54th annual Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary Charity Gala at the Signature Grand in Davie. Themed “Night on the Red Carpet,” guests will be treated to a magical night of fine cuisine, sensational entertainment and an exciting silent auction.

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner begins at 8 p.m., followed by dancing. Tickets are $200 each. For information, call Holy Cross Hospital at 954-229-8562.

Holy Cross, a member of Catholic Health East, is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

John Johnson, Holy Cross president and chief executive officer, addresses guests at the kick off of construction on the new Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross Healthplex.