As women, we do so many things for everyone around us. Whether it’s working, driving the kids to and from school and sports activities, rushing home to get food on the table for the family, along with a slew of other competing priorities, it’s easy to forget about making time to take care of the most important person in your life: YOU.

‘We are halfway through 2017, and I want to encourage you to be proactive in managing your health. How about doing yourself a favor and pay it forward – to yourself.’

For women working and/or living in downtown, annual health care checkups are done in a serene, spa-like environment at Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center’s Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health. The Center provides high-quality services for breast and gynecologic health, heart care, and other wellness and prevention diagnostics. When it’s time to schedule your annual mammogram, the Center is an oasis in the heart of downtown with easy access to where you work or live. We offer a variety of women’s wellness treatment and management services, including:

  • Bone Density Assessment
  • Breast Health
  • Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Genetic Testing
  • Gynecologic Health
  • Urodynamics and more

The Center is truly one of the best-kept secrets in downtown LA. Everything about this unique Center of health and wellness is thoughtfully designed with your needs in mind – including convenience to meet the needs of your hectic schedule.

As a woman, I know firsthand how easy it may be for us to ignore our own well-being while dealing with the many other priorities in our lives. On occasion, I’m also guilty of not carving out time from my schedule for some much needed self-care. And as a hospital president, even I need to be reminded to see the doctor.

As women, we cannot ignore our unique health care needs. We must hold each other accountable. Maybe together we can make this world a little healthier and happier. So I challenge you to deliver a dose of kindness, or rather a dose of humankindness, to yourself, and visit the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health.

We are halfway through 2017, and I want to encourage you to be proactive in managing your health. How about doing yourself a favor and pay it forward – to yourself.

This summer, take a break from social media, drop your dog off at the groomers, and spend some time taking care of YOU. Contact the Center today at (213) 742-6400, or take a virtual tour by visiting lacwh.org on our website.

Margaret R. Peterson, PhD, serves as President of Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical, a 318-bed community hospital located at 1401 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Peterson began her career as a registered nurse. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Cardiovascular Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her Doctor of Philosophy in Administration from Miami University in Ohio.

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