Yes, The Christ Hospital is renowned for its heart and vascular center, which pumps money and recognition annually into the Mount Auburn campus.

But ask Victor DiPilla about the women’s services provided by the hospital, and the vice president of operations gets enthused. Whether he’s speaking about the center for reproductive health, the minimally invasive hysterectomies offered or the Pelvic Floor Center, it’s clear the hospital values its ability to help women.

“We’re extremely proud of our women’s services,” DiPilla says. “We’re one of the few institutions locally or regionally that provide a hospital within a hospital.”

Christ has six operating rooms dedicated for women’s services. Whether women are here for a birthing experience or a surgical procedure, they are treated on one of two floors. That creates a kind of destination for women’s services, DiPilla explains. “It’s nice for our physicians because they can easily move between a birthing mother and a post-op patient,” he adds.

The Christ Hospital is a 555-bed, not-for-profit acute care facility. Medical services range from spine treatment and cancer care to orthopedics and kidney transplants. Christ is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals.

To help alleviate women’s anxieties about hysterectomies, Christ performs three procedures that are considered minimally invasive. “The hospital and our clinicians have been on the forefront of technology for a long time,” DiPilla says. “The value of these minimally invasive hysterectomies is, in essence, you’re back to work in a few days ... The advances are that there’s less pain. It’s less trauma to the patient.”

As for advances in fertility, the hospital’s philosophy is that a commitment to reproductive health research leads to physicians being able to offer more options to couples who want to conceive. Christ has a laboratory devoted to in vitro fertilization.

Christ also specializes in treating pelvic floor disorders — conditions that are common to women, but uncomfortable to discuss. These conditions, such as pelvic prolapse, involve reproductive and urinary-rectal organs and the muscles that surround and support them. Pelvic floor conditions occur mostly in post-menopausal women, and can cause pain and other complications, DiPilla notes, so Christ offers patients the advantage of access to different specialists at one time, in one place.

“We’ve been attempting to work on a virtual center where the patient can experience a urogynecologist and a colorectal surgeon — and often times a urologist as well — so they can work as a team,” DiPilla explains. “The plan of action and the plan of correction can be addressed without having to roam all over the city.

“The old axiom that hospitals live by is women’s services are important for a number of reasons, primarily because women typically make the healthcare decisions for the family,” DiPilla adds. “Women’s services are important not only to provide good community support, but it’s a way for us to develop a relationship with the family.”