By Karen Garlochkgarloch@charlotteobserver.com
The Presbyterian Women's Health Center, an all-female obstetrics-gynecology practice owned by Presbyterian Novant Medical Group, has closed, and its three doctors - Lauri Givens, Holly Stevens and Diana Wilson - are no longer with the hospital system.
Two other doctors, Stephen Hildebrand and Eva Tollefson, began providing care Feb. 1 in the same location in Presbyterian Medical Tower on Fourth Street, according to a spokeswoman for Novant Health, which owns Presbyterian Hospital.
Hildebrand and Tollefson previously worked at Huntersville Obstetrics and Gynecology, also owned by the Presbyterian Novant physicians' group. Starting March 1, Hildebrand and Tollefson will be joined by Curtis Flood and Harvey Harris, and the practice will be called Flood & Harris OB/GYN.
The Women's Health Center closed "after reorganizing several of our ob/gyn practices," Presbyterian spokeswoman Marcia Meredith said. "We are continually re-evaluating the best use of our resources."
She said she has no information about where Givens, Stevens and Wilson will be working. She said they "provided excellent care to patients over their years with Presbyterian Novant Medical Group, and we wish them well in their future endeavors."
Michele Caruso, 27, of Charlotte was a patient of The Women's Health Center at the end of January, when she learned the office would be closing Feb. 1. She is pregnant with her first child and due to give birth next week.
Caruso said she met with one of the new doctors but was told she couldn't be sure who would deliver her baby. She was given a list of doctors who rotate being on-call for deliveries.
"I went from having all women doctors to almost all men," she said. "It was going to be who was on call. We were left with a mystery doctor."
So, last week, Caruso found another doctor, a female who works with a different Presbyterian-owned practice in the same building. The doctor she just met will induce labor Monday.
Meredith said patients can find other Presbyterian network physicians by calling 704-384-2273.