Women’s Health


At Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, we offer a continuum of care for women that includes Breast Care Services, Obstetrics, and Gynecology.

New Breast Center Offering 3D Mammography

In January, 2020, NRMC opened its new state-of-the-art Breast Center. The Breast Center technology includes Hologics Genius 3D mammography. Radiologists use computers and specially designed digital detectors to view highly detailed breast tissue images. For women with dense breasts, 3D mammograms allow doctors to evaluate breast tissue layer by layer.

3D Mammography is also used to evaluate other conditions including non-malignant breast disorders including benign cysts, tumors, breast pain and other conditions.

The new Center also offers Hologics Smart Curve technology which is clinically proven to make the mammography experience more comfortable. Another feature is the Mammopad Breast cushion for a softer imaging experience. For women who used to feel discomfort during compressions, both of these new features improve the screening exam experience.

The beautiful mammography suites have a spa-like feel with private dressing rooms, a relaxing seating area, and large mammography screening rooms. Conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital, patients can quickly register in the Radiology Department and then go across the hall to the Breast Center for their mammograms.

Our experienced mammography team includes radiologic technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and radiologists on-site at the hospital. Importantly, NRMC’s Imaging Department has held the distinction of being accredited by the American College of Radiology since 2004.

The 3D computerized images are stored on NRMC’s Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACs) where doctors can compare images from year-to-year looking for any changes or differences.

NRMC wants to make the mammography experience as timely, efficient and as comfortable as possible. The hospital has also focused on streamlining processes to ensure easy scheduling. Patients no longer need a doctor’s order or referral. It just takes one quick phone call to set up an appointment — just call 318.214.4265.

Remember! Early Detection Saves Lives!

Obstetrics

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Obstetrics Department delivers more than 500 babies each year and celebrates with joy upon each new arrival.

Baby Friendly Initiative

NRMC is working toward being designated as a Baby Friendly hospital. This is an initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF to help babies get the best start they can by encouraging care practices for the moms and babies such as breastfeeding. The goal is to help moms understand the benefits to her baby when she breastfeeds while respecting the mom’s choice to make an informed decision.

OB Unit

Our Labor and Delivery Unit is designed with mom’s comfort and privacy in mind and offers comprehensive care for our obstetrical patients. 

There are four Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms, a surgery suite for Cesarean procedures, exam rooms, two post anesthesia rooms, three triage rooms, private rooms in the post-partum unit, and a state-of-the-art nursery.

The experienced nursing team includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and many others who work closely with the Obstetrics (OB) doctors to ensure the unique medical needs of each patient are met.

An important focus is the management of pain during the birthing experience. The staff is trained to assist the laboring mom with an individualized plan for pain control and comfort. A variety of techniques are used such as rocking, walking, aromatherapy, music and sound therapy, muscle relaxation, massages, heat/cold pack therapy and many more.

Additional services offered through the Labor and Delivery Unit include:

  • Antepartum testing
  • Pre-term labor management
  • Pregnancy induced hypertensive
  • Cervical incompetence management

Come for a Tour: Moms are welcome to tour the Obstetrics Unit and meet our nursing team. Please call (318) 214-4335 to schedule a visit.

Gynecology

The hospital provides imaging services as well as diagnostic testing and procedures for a wide range of gynecologic services including surgeries. Many surgical services are available through our Same Day Surgery Department, especially many of the laparoscopic procedures.

Common GYN Surgeries

  • Uterine or Endometrial Biopsy
  • Tubal Ligation 
  • Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of ovary)
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of fallopian tube and ovary)

 

NRMC OB/GYN Clinic also provides vacuum-assisted breast biopsy and breast needle localization for the diagnosis of breast cancer. The surgery department provides care for many cancer patients each year who need mastectomies or lumpectomies, lymph nodes removed and other surgeries.

All women age 40 and older or those with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to get a screening mammogram at age 40 and then annually thereafter. Remember: Early detection saves lives.

 

  • dr runkles birth unit obgyn natchitoches la

    Dr. Bailey Runkles

    NRMC OB/GYN Associates
    655 Bienville Circle
    Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318.238.3652

     

    Osteopathic School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia
    Residency: Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa
    Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Dr. Moshood Olatinwo

    617  Bienville Circle

    Natchitoches, LA 71457

    318.352.1108

     

    Medical School:  Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

    Internship:  Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

    Residency:  Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria

    Fellowship:  University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England

  • Dr. Martin Aviles

    627 Bienville Circle

    Natchitoches, LA  71457

    318.352.9595

     

    Medical School:  Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine

    Internship:  Monmouth Medical Center

    Residency:  Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn

  • Phyllis Mason, MD - Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Phyllis Mason

     

    Medical School:  Louisiana State University New Orleans

    Internship:  Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

    Residency:  Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information, please call (318) 238-3652.

 

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