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Specialty care clinic just for women

Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women leadership team. Front row (left to right): Susan Beck, D.O., FACOS; Stephen Feltz, M.D., FACOG; and Carrie Holmes, M.D. Middle row (left to right): Valerie Stratton, D.O.; Shirley Beaver, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC; Kara Urlis-Comer, RN, BSN; and Sandra Ruhs, M.D. Back row (left to right): Bob Ritz, president, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Leisha Barcus, director, Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women.

When you have unique health care issues, you need specialists who are exceptional. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women is a new center created specifically to address the unique health needs of women in midlife. Our team of experts understands the changes you are going through, and we are here to help. Visit at

Just more than a year ago, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines announced the new Comfort Health Center for Women would be created at Mercy West in Clive. During the past year, much planning and work has gone into the construction of philanthropist Frank Comfort’s vision for a women’s center. His daughters, Debbi Miller and Connie Comfort, have helped carry out their late father’s wish to establish a women’s center in honor of all the women in his family who he had been blessed to have in his life. The Comfort Family Foundation’s generous $8.5 million gift is making this vision a reality that will benefit the women of central Iowa for many years to come.

Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women – slated to open in April 2017 – will be the first center of its kind in Iowa. The center will be led by a dedicated team of physicians and medical personnel, specially trained in women’s health care. In one convenient location, women will have access to comprehensive specialty health services.

“Women who are in the prime of their life sometimes require specialized health care beyond what their primary care provider or OB/GYN can offer,” said Leisha Barcus, director of Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women.

“The new center will be able to offer those specialized health services in one convenient location for our patients.”

Learn more.

For more information about the new center, services and giving opportunities, please contact Leisha Barcus at (515) 643-8032 or

Available services at the center will include:

  • Breast health – cancer and benign breast disease
  • Premenopausal, perimenopausal and menopausal health and symptom management
  • Bladder and pelvic health, including incontinence and pain
  • Physical therapy for conditions like incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain
  • Lymphedema education and therapy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Cognitive (brain) health
  • Fit for You Physical for busy women
  • Plastics and aesthetics
  • Weight and nutrition counseling
  • Integrative medicine consultations
  • Osteoporosis prevention
  • Preventive heart health
  • Medical imaging screening and diagnostics
  • Complimentary wellness services, including chiropractic care and massage therapy


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