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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 28 - September 4, 1997 Delaware's first in-vitro fertilizal ion clinic opens in Wilmington Reproductive Associates, P.A., a Wilmington- based provider of comprehensive infertility services, has established the first full service office-based In Vitro fertilization (IVF) program in Delaware. The facility's noteworthy features include strict attention to environmental and sterile air quality, a state-of-the-art IVF laboratory adjoining an environ- mentally controlled procedure room, and capabilities for newer fertilization and embryo culture tech- niques. In order to ensure patient safety and comfort during the egg retrieval procedure, Reproductive Associates has contracted for physician anesthesiolo- gy services with OBA America, a leader in office- based anesthesia. "Community-based fertility centers with capabilities for in- office IVF care have proven to be an important trend in reproductive healthcare," said Ronald E Fein- berg, M.D., Ph.D., medical direc- tor of the IVF program at Repro- ductive Associates. "As long as the center is top notch in its atten- tion to patient care, with strict attention to quality control, an FEINBERG office-based IVF program should yield high success rates and patient satisfaction." It is estimated that 10 percent of the reproductive age population have difficulty conceiving. Although IVF can be an important treatment option for many of these couples, most couples wish to know if less aggressive treatment options are available. "Laparoscopy continues to be an important diagnos- tic and therapeutic procedure in many situations," said Barbara A. McGuirk, M.D., director of repro- ductive surgery at Reproductive Associates. "In many instances laparoscopy can uncover subtle but significant problems, such as endometriosis, adhe- sions (scarring) in the pelvis, and correctable prob- lems involving the end of the fallopian tubes. Since laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure, it is impor- tant for couples to understand that the procedure can be beneficial in many cases," she said. For patients desiring reversal of prior tubal sterilization, Repro- ductive Associates offers a laparoscopic tubal re- anastomosis procedure. Male factors can contribute significantly to a cou- ple's infertility problem. "In the recent past, many of these couples had no options for achieving pregnan- cy other than the use of donor sperm," Feinberg said. "However, comprehensive IVF care now includes the technique known as ICSI - intracytoplasmic sperm injection. We are privileged to have Marc Portmann, M.T., as laboratory manager for Reproductive Asso- ciates. Marc has extensive experience in IVF, embry- ology, and ICSI, previously at the Medical Center of Delaware and Crozer Chester Medical Center. Even when the male partner's sperm count is extremely low, ICSI can achieve fertilization and pregnancy rates comparable to traditional IVF." Infertility care requires a major commitment to individualized attention and the highest ethical standards. "There are myriad of new choices and new procedures being offered to patients," McGuirk said. "Our job as physi- cians is tOmake sure that our patients make informed choices before moving ahead with any specific therapy. We believe that McGUIRK an important component of physi- cian care involves educating our patients about the pros and cons of different procedures. When informed consent is provided, couples can make edu- cated decisions about the risks and benefits of specif- ic fertility treatments," she said. Based in Wilmington, Reproductive Associates is an independent provider of reproductive endocrinol- ogy and infertility services to couples in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The center also offers evaluation to couples suffering from early pregnancy problems such as miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. McGuirk, the center's founding partner, completed her residency training at the Medical Center of Delaware, and sub-specialty fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Feinberg, who was previously on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Lewes Lionesses present scholarship to nursing student The Beebe School of Nursing has announced that Lewes resident and Beebe School of Nursing senior, Amy Hazzard, was recently the recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Lewes Lionesses. The scholarship, awarded in memory of deceased Lewes Lioness' was first awarded to a Beebe School of Nursing student in 1992. Pictured(l-r) are Nina Hazzard, curriculum coordinator, Beebe School of Nursing; Betty Macintire, chairwoman, Lewes Lioness Nurs- ing Scholarship Committee; Amy Hazzard, scholarship recipient; Barbara Orton, presi- dent, Lewes Lioness; and Connie Bushey, director, Beebe School of Nursing. The Lewes Lionesses were chartered in 1976. Anyone interested in joining the Lionesses should contact Barbara Orton at 645-8833. For more information on the Beebe School of Nursing, contact Connie Rusheyi at 645- 3251. ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D. Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 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