Growing with Moms and Babies

Orlando Santandreu, MD, OB/GYN, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Forest Hills

The vision for the Women’s New Life Center at Forest Hills Hospital is to bring the highest quality of mother and baby care to Queens.

Whether you are expecting, planning a family or looking for comprehensive gynecologic care, your community hospital provides an increasing range of women’s services to meet your needs.

For new and expecting parents, the Women’s New Life Center features individual examination rooms and sleep spaces for partners in the labor, delivery and recovery suites. The level II neonatal intensive care unit is available for babies who need extra help, and a full-time lactation consultant is available for all new mothers.

“We have new procedures for how patients are welcomed when they enter labor and delivery that improve the patient experience,” said Orlando Santandreu, MD, OB/GYN, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Forest Hills. “Another important change is the addition of a maternal-fetal medicine specialist to our well-qualified medical staff.”

Looking Ahead

The Women’s New Life Center provides a wide range of outpatient women’s care, including:

  • Birth control and family planning
  • Breast exams and mammograms
  • Complete pelvic exams
  • Menopause management
  • Pap smears
  • Prenatal services

“We offer minimally invasive outpatient surgeries for some procedures, including uterine fibroid ultrasound ablation,” Dr. Santandreu said. “We are able to provide the most modern health care available, and we’re excited to give the community a sense of pride in knowing their community hospital delivers this level of care.”

To learn more about the expanding OB/GYN services at Forest Hills, call 718-830-4135.

Welcome, Dr. Santandreu! 

Orlando Santandreu, MD, OB/GYN, has served in his role as head of obstetrics and gynecology at Forest Hills Hospital since fall 2014. Dr. Santandreu is an experienced physician leader who appreciates the importance of the relationship between community physicians and their patients.

“Taking care of moms and babies is a special form of clinical care,” Dr. Santandreu said. “Other specialties don’t always involve being in people’s lives like this one. You meet the patient, along with her husband, their families, referred friends and extended family members. Being an OB/GYN is a great way to help people. I find it a beautiful experience to follow them through life.”

Dr. Santandreu completed medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Juarez, Mexico, and completed residencies at St. Barnabas Hospital and St. Michael’s Medical Center – Newark. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. 

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