UW Health: Committed to Women
There's a reason these women choose UW Health for their care. UW Health Obstetricians and Gynecologists partner with UnityPoint Health-Meriter and University Hospital to provide women with state-of-the-art care so they may enjoy a lifetime of good health. Share Your Story
Confidence to Reclaim a Passion
Swimming is a favorite exercise for 48-year-old Araceli Flores' active life. But health issues were curtailing her ability to swim regularly. Read more
Plagued with painful, heavy periods for several years, Araceli's previous physicians didn't express concerns or offer explanations. Shortly after moving to Madison in March 2014, Araceli scheduled an appointment with UW Health gynecologist, Dolores Emspak, MD. During her first visit, Dr. Emspak assured Araceli her condition was treatable. She provided Araceli with detailed information about her medical issues and options to consider.
When Araceli's discomfort increased early this year, Dr. Emspak consulted her colleague, Makeba Williams, MD, a UW Health gynecologist at Meriter Monona. Together, the three concluded robotic-assisted hysterectomy was Araceli’s preferred option.
"Dr. Emspak told Dr. Williams that swimming was important to me," says Araceli. "When Dr. Williams told me her goal was to get me back swimming quickly, I felt I was working with a friend. This put me at ease and gave me confidence to have surgery."
Araceli said it was clear there was great communication and coordination among all staff on Drs. Emspak and Williams' teams and with Meriter Hospital, where her surgery took place. Everyone worked closely with Araceli to schedule her surgery around her parent’s availability, so they could support her during her hospitalization and recovery.
"I never felt rushed. They explained everything clearly and patiently to me and my parents," says Araceli. The doctors also brought a UW Health interpreter into the mix to ensure Araceli's Spanish-speaking parents understood the details.
"I was more than a patient to my doctors – I was a person," Araceli says.
A Dream Fulfilled
Sherry Schultz's lifelong love of children included having children of her own. But, when the 36-year-old pediatric nurse and her husband Jason were unable to become pregnant, she feared her dream would go unfilled. Read more
When Sherry expressed her concerns to UW Health obstetrician/gynecologist, Jay Lick, DO, he knew it was time to pull in two of his colleagues and even helped her set-up appointments with them.
Sherry met first with Jesus Igor Iruretegoyena, MD, high-risk obstetrician at The Center for Perinatal Care at Meriter Hospital, to discuss underlying health concerns and risk factors. "Dr. Igor and his nurse provided thorough information and answered my questions" says Sherry. "Dr. Igor's nurse even gave me a summary of the conversation to refer back to later."
With some questions answered, Sherry and Jason then proceeded to meet with Aleksandar Stanic-Kostic, MD, PhD, an infertility specialist at Generations Fertility Care. Dr. Stanic recommended a treatment course called Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). In December 2014, after the first cycle of IUI, Sherry became pregnant.
"Dr. Stanic was very optimistic about me becoming pregnant," says Sherry. "He always said 'When' you become pregnant,' not 'If.' He made me believe it could happen."
Sherry describes her pregnancy journey with UW Health Ob-Gyn and Meriter Hospital as smooth and seamless. "Because the physicians are part of UW Health, they all have access to my health information. I never feel I have to repeat my story, but can instead focus on my questions," she says.
Back under Dr. Lick's care for ongoing prenatal visits, Sherry was reassured that her physician specialists were readily available should health issues arise during the remainder of her pregnancy.
Sherry and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Frances, into the world in September 2015 at Meriter Hospital.
Everyone is doing great and Sherry reports, "It's been a journey, but so worth it."
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