To better serve the healthcare needs of women throughout southern Erie County, Catholic Health will be opening an obstetrical and gynecological center, Springville OB-GYN, at 27 Franklin St. in Springville. Set to open on Dec. 2, the center will offer a wide range of OB-GYN services ranging from routine check-ups and prenatal care to referrals to women’s health specialists.

“We want ensure women throughout southern Erie County continue to have access to high quality OB-GYN services, including prenatal care, right in their own community,” said Aimée C. Gomlak, FACHE, vice president of WomenCare at Catholic Health.

Working with Catholic Health, Dr. Nicholas Cromwell will be joining Dr. Jane Kraft, who is moving her OB-GYN practice from its current location on Main Street in Springville to the new Franklin Street site.

Dr. Cromwell and Dr. Kraft will be working as part of the team, which will deliver babies at Mercy Hospital. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Cromwell brings more than 15 years of experience to the new practice in Springville.

“Expectant mothers should be able to deliver their babies as close to home as possible,” said Dr. Cromwell. “Our goal is to provide all prenatal care and primary OB-GYN services locally, to make it more convenient for area women and expectant mothers to get the care they need.”

Springville OB-GYN will have a fully staffed obstetrical team, including social workers and nutritionists, providing expectant mothers with the care and support they need to deliver healthy babies. The center, which accepts most health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care, will also offer health insurance enrollment assistance.

Dr. Cromwell and Dr. Kraft will share delivery coverage at Mercy Hospital, which features a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit equipped to care for babies born as early as 32 weeks. With Maternal-Fetal Medicine services to care for high-risk pregnancies, and a team of neonatologists, pediatric intensivists, and neonatal nurse practitioners, Mercy Hospital is staffed around the clock to provide high-level care for mothers and babies with special needs.

“At Mercy and Sisters of Charity, Catholic Health has the only hospitals in Western New York that can care for sick mothers and sick babies under one roof,” Gomlak added. “Mercy also has the area’s lowest C-section rate, 24-hour certified nurse midwife coverage, nationally recognized gynecologic and maternity care, and a host of other amenities, including all private rooms, making it the most convenient and highest quality hospital for women’s services and maternity care in the Southtowns.”

Springville OB-GYN is scheduling new patient appointments beginning Dec. 2, 2013. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (716) 592-7400.