A related innovation in 2011 was the opening of the Women's Center for Pelvic Health at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy. Led by Michael Kennelly, MD, and Kevin Stepp, MD, this unique, multidisciplinary center combines the clinical expertise of a fellowship-trained urologist, a urogynecologist and physical therapists. Patients have access to a wide variety of non-surgical treatment options and, when surgery is necessary, the physicians specialize in minimally invasive techniques.
As 2011 drew to a close, bone marrow transplant (BMT) teams at Levine Children's Hospital approached the milestone of having completed 50 procedures performed since the program started. Andrew Gilman, MD, and his associates specialize in an innovative procedure known as the "half match" transplant, which is available at only a small number of facilities nationally. Four children were brought to Charlotte from Puerto Rico in 2011 to take advantage of this expertise. Another significant achievement during the year included a rare instance of remission via BMT for a young girl afflicted with sickle cell anemia.
Carolinas Rehabilitation put its new Lokomat into full use during 2011, providing robotic gait training to adult inpatients and outpatients. In addition, Carolinas Rehabilitation received a $120,000 grant during the year to acquire a pediatric component for the device. It is utilized by the Human Performance Laboratory at Carolinas Rehabilitation, which in addition to providing clinical care sponsors a wide variety of scientific studies to advance rehabilitative medicine.