Care for women has expanded at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital after the addition of two obstetrician-gynecologists, three nurses and a midwife to the Physicians Clinic Women’s Center.

Dr. Norman Ferrer and Dr. Erik Schulte were both inspired by their fathers to pursue careers centered on caring for women, previously working for Metro OB-GYN.

Certified nurse midwife Desiree Hericks and advanced practice registered nurses Melissa Hyneck, Rebecca Leaders and Stephanie Revord, also joined the team from Metro OB-GYN.

Born in Puerto Rico, Ferrer graduated from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Cayey. He completed his OB/GYN residency at the San Juan Municipal Hospital in his hometown of San Juan. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ferrer is passionate about serving those who often run into language barriers when trying to access health care.

Schulte graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University. He spent one year as an intern at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“The thought of taking care of patients throughout the course of their lifetime — specifically women — was something I thought I could do really well,” Schulte said.

Ferrer enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He also likes reading, watching movies and traveling back home to see his parents in San Juan.

“I see so much emotion from families,” Ferrer said. “That’s the part that’s very rewarding.”

Outside of work, Schulte and his wife stay busy keeping up with their triplets’ extracurricular activities. He enjoys traveling, cooking, exercising and relaxing when he has some downtime.

Ferrer and Schulte are now seeing patients at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Council Bluffs, 201 Ridge St., until the new medical office building adjacent to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital opens in spring 2020.

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