Asheville Women’s Medical Center is a progressive and comprehensive Ob/Gyn office that has set the standard for women’s care in Western North Carolina since 1976. We work tirelessly to bring you the latest technologic and medical advances while treating you with kindness and compassion.
Notice to Our Patients on the Coronavirus Outbreak
Asheville Women’s is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as well national, state, and county recommendations. As we transition through the phased re-opening of our community we will continue to act in the best interests of our patients, balancing community and personal safety.
Obtaining health care, as appropriate, from Asheville Women’s Medical Center is considered essential, though to meet the social isolation standards of our community and minimize exposure to our patients, physicians, and staff, we are taking the following steps:
1. Asheville Women’s Medical Center now requires that all patients wear a mask while on Asheville Women’s campus. See below for more detail.
2. We will continue to see pregnant patients in the office on a modified prenatal schedule.
3. We will continue to see acute gynecologic problems in the office as appropriate.
4. We are now seeing appropriate patients in the office for routine annual exams and screening imaging studies, such as mammography.
5. We are offering Telehealth appointments with all Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.
6. We will be screening all patients entering the office with temperature checks and asking about any symptoms or exposures concerning for COVID-19 infection or pending testing results.
7. We are currently no longer allowing companions or children to accompany patients into the office.
8. We kindly ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Current COVID Vaccination information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding women
COVID-19 vaccine development and regulatory approval are rapidly progressing. Thus, information and recommendations will evolve as more data are collected about these vaccines and their use in specific populations.
Currently, there are two COVID vaccinations that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Though the testing and safety evaluation of these vaccines did not include young children or pregnant patients, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) recommends that vaccines “should not be withheld” from pregnant and lactating individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups.
At the current time, the benefits of receiving the vaccine are felt to outweigh the potential risks in the setting of limited safety data in the pregnant population.However, it is important that every patient makes an informed decision, in consult with their physician if they choose.
Other, similar, vaccinations will likely soon be approved for EUA. We will continue to monitor the safety and efficacy of these new vaccines.
It remains important, regardless of vaccination status, to continue the “3 W’s” of COVID prevention, including washing hands, waiting 6ft from others, and wearing a mask.
Information regarding function and composition of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination:
The mRNA vaccines are not live virus vaccines, nor do they use an adjuvant to enhance vaccine efficacy. These vaccines do not enter the nucleus and do not alter human DNA in vaccine recipients. As a result, mRNA vaccines cannot cause any genetic changes.
In the vaccine itself, there are 10 total ingredients.
The mRNA molecule (Messenger RNA – which contains genetic instructions for a coronavirus protein called spike. Once injected, the mRNA will instruct human cells to manufacture spike, exposing the immune system to a highly recognizable feature of the virus. The idea is to help the body learn one of the virus’s most distinguishing traits, so that the virus will be recognized and rapidly quashed if it tries to establish an infection.The mRNA rapidly degrades, leaving no trace in the body. All that’s left behind is a molecular memory of the virus — the intended goal of any vaccine.
4 Lipids: which form protective bubble around the mRNA to help it get into the cells
Sucrose (Sugar): to aid in storage while the vaccine is frozen
Asheville Women’s Medical Center is pleased to announce Telehealth appointments that are available for existing patients! Patients need access to a smartphone, tablet or computer to have a virtual one on one encounter with a provider. Same day appointments are available when necessary. If a face to face encounter is needed, we are also available in the office for all urgent matters.
We support the CDC’s recommendations for greater adoption of mask usage by the general public and especially in areas where 6 feet of separation is not practical.
Patients are asked to bring their own procedural/surgical mask or a homemade cloth mask. Our staff will provide you with an appropriate mask if necessary.
Examples of face coverings that are of improper quality and should be replaced with a level one procedure mask are:
Neck gaiters/neck wraps
Shirts tied across face
Balaclavas or ski masks
Knitted or crochet style masks
Any mask with an exhalation valve
The mask should be worn for their entire visit to our office and not be removed until leaving the facility. We will insist on proper mask use and hygiene including wearing the mask as directed to cover the mouth and nose and encourage avoidance of manipulation/touching the mask to reduce the risk of contamination and self-inoculation.
For more information on face coverings and masks, please click the link below for CDC guidelines:
Please contact the office with any questions you might have about your visit, scheduling a visit, medication refills, or any other concerns. Contact us through our Patient Portal or call us directly at 828-258-9191.
This is an evolving public health situation, and we appreciate your patience as we seek to maximize the safety of our patients as well as our community as a whole.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
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Bringing a baby into the world is one of the most exciting, wonderful times of your life. Obstetrics is the medical specialty devoted to your reproductive system, from fertilization to pregnancy, childbirth and the recovery period after childbirth.
We provide the full range of care for every stage of your life. Our gynecology well-woman exams include Pap smears, breast exams, pelvic examination for a variety of potential health problems, screenings for gynecologic cancers, bone density testing, digital mammography and more.
We offer in-office solutions for heavy periods and excessive bleeding. Our highly experienced gynecological surgeons and staff perform an innovative, minimally invasive in-office surgery to help stop the excessive bleeding and discomfort of heavy menstrual periods.
Our Center offers accurate diagnoses & enhanced diagnostic services including comprehensive breast healthcare, diagnostic ultrasound, digital mammography, 3D ultrasound and DXA bone densitometry for osteoporosis.
Our staff is friendly and always ready to help with scheduling, insurance or anything else you may need during your time with us. We will take extra care to listen to your concerns, answer all your questions and thoroughly explain your condition and treatment options.
Asheville Women’s Medical Center, at both our Asheville and Arden locations, has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP).
Practices that become recognized under Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition have demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care and clinical quality through: streamlined referral processes and care coordination with referring clinicians, timely patient and caregiver-focused care management and continuous clinical quality improvement. Earning NCQA PCSP Recognition shows consumers, private payers and government agencies that the practice has undergone a rigorous review of its capabilities and is committed to sharing information and coordinating care. Recognition also signals to primary care practices that the specialty practice is ready to be an effective partner in caring for patients.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition distinguishes practices that communicate, collaborate and integrate care in ways that patients want and that improve quality,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the team at Asheville Women’s Medical Center for its achievement, and for its commitment to continuous improvement.”