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Uniquely meeting a need for young female patients

Cabell Huntington Hospital has the region’s only pediatric and adolescent gynecologist
May. 02, 2013 @ 03:51 PM

Cabell Huntington Hospital is known for being on the leading edge of medicine and medical technology. It’s also known for its comprehensive, high quality pediatric care. The recent hiring of Jennie Yoost, MD, is an example of the hospital’s commitment to excellence in both areas.

Dr. Yoost is a fellowship-trained pediatric and adolescent gynecologist at Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology. She treats young, female patients with a wide variety of gynecological concerns including pelvic pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome and puberty issues.

“This is an emerging field that focuses on gynecologic and reproductive health in younger patients,” Dr. Yoost said. “This can be a sensitive topic with children, and sometimes parents don’t know where to take them.”

Dr. Yoost wants to serve as a trusted resource for children and adolescents to hear the truth and receive answers to their – often very personal – questions.

“Teenagers are not always the most straightforward, and they’re very different from each other,” she said. “At this age, you’re dealing with both social and behavioral development. I do a lot of patient education on things like STDs and contraception. I hope I can be a better resource than what they hear in the school hallway.”

Dr. Yoost did her fellowship at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, and decided to join Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology for a variety of reasons. One of them was that she wanted to practice at an academic center where she could do research.

“Marshall has everything I was looking for,” she said. “There is nobody in the state that does exactly what I do. I’m in an area where I can really make a difference.”

Dr. David Jude, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said Dr. Yoost’s knowledge will benefit the Tri-State area and the entire state of West Virginia.
“There are so many issues that need to be addressed in this age group that pediatricians, family members and moms can’t address,” he said. “West Virginia has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the nation. Dr. Yoost is not only a health care provider, but we also expect that she will work with community and legislative leaders to help develop policies to address teen pregnancy.”

Education is a big part of Dr. Yoost’s work, and she wants parents to know that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends reproductive visits for females begin between ages 13 and 15.
“A visit does not always mean a pelvic exam. Sometimes we just sit and chat,” Dr. Yoost said. “If I can be a good resource and be of help in giving them answers, that is success to me.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoost, please call 304.691.1400.