A Complete Approach to Women's Health
July 2015 Newsletter

Rittenhouse Internal Medicine receives 
highest level of quality recognition. 


Level 3

Achieving Level 3 status as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is the highest recognition from National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and validates that the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center delivers exceptional primary healthcare. This is the second time Rittenhouse has been awarded this. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 230,187 primary care practices in the U.S. Of those practices, only 8,344 or 3.6% of practices are a NCQA-recognized Level 3 site.



What does this mean for our patients?


Patients receiving care from a recognized PCMH get comprehensive, well-coordinated care; ease in making appointments; and short waiting times to see a physician. They develop personal relationships with their healthcare team. Their medical information is collected and stored electronically for instant access, chronic conditions are closely monitored; follow-up is frequent and self-management skills are taught and supported by the physicians. Practices will offer convenient online access for prescription refills and referrals as well as offer direct email for appointment requests. The referral process to visit specialists is smooth and information transfers immediately. 


The NCQA standards consist of must-pass elements considered essential to the PCMH. These elements are required for practices at all recognition levels. Practices get points for each element of the standards they have accomplished. NCQA awards levels of recognition from the scores that practices achieve, with Level 3 being the highest. 


To read more about NCQA standards and quality measures, click here



Attention Members
New Fitness Partners and Deeper Discounts! 

Each month, we will be adding exciting, new partners with higher discounts! 


City Fitness Philadelphia

City Fitness is a private fitness and wellness health club with 4 locations in and around the Center City area. With their knowledgeable staff and certified personal trainers, they will assist you in reaching your fitness goals. Not only will they help you meet your personal goals, they will help you stay fit! City Fitness offers personal training as well as group classes such as abs, cardio kickboxing, salsa, spinning and more! They have locations in the following areas of Philadelphia: Center City, Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties and South Philadelphia. 

City Fitness Discounts for Members*: 


  • Membership Discount -$79 $0 enrollment fee and $5 off monthly dues
  • Trive Personal Training Special $79 $0 enrollment fee
  • CityFit Studio & Training Discount $99 $89/month for unlimited studio classes
    Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates

Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates is a fitness studio offering clients many different class choices including yoga, pilates, kickboxing and more! Not only do they offer these classes but they provide health coaching, personal support and empowerment! Scheduling classes with Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates is made easy with their state of the art online scheduling system. So, if you are too busy to call during your work day, you can reserve you class spot in less than 10 minutes online.  Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates are conveniently located in the heart of Center City at 2016 Walnut Street.


Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates Discounts for Members: 


  • All access Introduction Package: 1 week unlimited trial for only $10; Includes pilates, barre, yoga, stretch & cardio.
  • 1 on 1 equipment pilates or yoga classes 10% off


Pure Sweets & Co.



Pure Sweets & Co. is an organic, gluten-free, vegan, kosher parve cafe in Philly that will win over even the most die hard cheesesteak and soft pretzel guy or gal. P.S. & Co. has gluten-free and vegan desserts that are healthy in blueprint and decadent in taste. No multi syllabic additives or peculiar preservatives here: the only things you'll find in a Pure Sweets treat are carefully curated unrefined ingredients and happiness.



Pure Sweets & Co. Discount for Members: 

  • 10% 15% OFF entire order**

*Discount does not apply to current City Fitness members; Can not be combined with other promotions, discounts or offers

*Discount does not include: juice cleanses, meal plans, prix fix dinners or classes/workshops

Update on Immunizations: Get Your Shots! 

By: Monica Duvall, M.D. 




Many of our patients use the summer months to catch up on routine health screenings--gyn exams, dental cleanings, physicals--which is great.  Despite this motivation to get healthy, however, I have noticed that when it comes to vaccinations, many patients are unaware, or uninterested, in taking care of this very important--and effective--step in preventing disease.  The development of vaccines has been one of the most important and cost-effective public health initiatives of the past century, saving untold numbers of lives worldwide from now-preventable disease.  Ironically, this success has caused some vaccine apathy in our population, as many once-deadly diseases are simply off our radar and do not seem to pose an immediate threat.    


The American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) releases new vaccine updates annually, and occasionally more frequently.  CDC researchers recently analyzed data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey and found that for at least six vaccines recommended for adults by the ACIP, the rates of coverage were far below the goals of the Healthy People 2020 targets (this is a national collaborative effort to reduce disease and promote health in America).  So what vaccines should you be getting?  


Click here to review a general list of vaccines recommended for a healthy adult. 

Healthy Snacks in a Hurry

By: Audrey Hasse, Registered Dietitian




When you're on the run all day, as most of us are during the busy summer months, remember to take a few healthy snacks along with you.  Here are some tips to make snacking easy, and a list of some healthy go-to snacks.


Snacking Tips:

  • Try to incorporate protein into your snacks.  This will help keep you fuller, longer. 
  • Bring a little cooler or lunch box in your car to transport snacks at the right temperature all day.
  • Avoid processed "snack foods" and stick to real, whole foods such a fruits, veggies, protein, and fats.
  • Keep your snacks around 150-200 calories
  • Snacking throughout the day will help keep you from over eating when you get to mealtime.
  • Plan your snacks ahead of time and portion them out each day to avoid overeating.
  • Don't use snacking as something to do when you are bored, instead use it as a means of fueling your body throughout the day.
To read more about Healthy Snacking, click here


You're Invited!

Main Line Botox & Juvederm Event

July 6th, 2015



DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our popular, exclusive injectable party! Procedures are performed by certified physicians including plastic surgeon,  Dr. Benjamin Lam.


Every guest will receive a personalized skincare consultation from one of our Physicians in the privacy of our Medical Spa. Dr. Lam is also available for plastic surgery consultations on July 6th, 2015.   


We hope you can join us for this event! 

To attend this event, you must RSVP by calling 610-668-7992.  


BOTOX® Cosmetic Event Details


With Botox treatments your skin will look smoother in a few days, giving you a younger, fresher look. These procedures take only a few minutes and are followed by no down time and minimal discomfort. 

Details: $11 per unit* Call now - Space is limited!


Juvederm Event Details:


Restore fullness to your cheekbones or lips, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or smooth away smile lines, worry lines and fine lines with Juvéderm™ Injectable Filler. Filler injections help to restore your youthful appearance with minimal recovery time. We use only Juvederm with lidocaine to minimize your discomfort.


Each attendee will receive $100 off each vial of Juvederm*!! 


To attend this event, you must RSVP by calling 610-668-7992. 


*Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount.


July Specials at DermaCenter




Attention Members:

How to Access Your Patient Portal Account


Q: What is the best way to contact a doctor directly? 

A: In order to contact a doctor directly, please use your patient portal. The doctor will respond within 1 business day of your submission. Please be sure the request is non-urgent.


Q: How do I access my portal?

A: Please go to www.rwwc.com and click on "my wellness sign in" located in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will bring you to the portal log in page whereyou will need to enter your username and password that was sent to your email. 


Q: What happens if I do not have my log in information?

A: Please email info@rwwc.com and request this information directly. You will then receive an automated email with your username and password. 


Q: Once I log in, what can I do?

A: Once you log in to your patient portal account, you will be able to see any upcoming or past appointments you may have had - this will be displayed on your homepage. You can also view any previous blood work results, schedule your annual physical or GYN, request refills, referrals and ask your doctor any private questions that you may have. You can access these options on the left hand side of your screen.


To request your new  patient portal log in and password, please email info@rwwc.com




Request Your Patient Portal Information Today!


Our patient portal allows patients to be able to view your labs, print your radiology prescriptions, reference your visit summary, schedule routine appointments, request prescription refills, request referrals and more.


To request your new patient portal login and password, please email: info@rwwc.com.  



Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Centers

Philadelphia: 215-735-7992

Main Line: 610-668-7992


Care Exclusively for Women