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Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)

Harrisburg, PA  (September 3, 2013) – The Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)TM by AAGL, an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology. 

“Being of a Center of Excellence recognizes the importance of our experience and the quality of care provided by PinnacleHealth,” states Jose Misas, MD, medical director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth. “Our minimally invasive surgical team is dedicated to providing women with the best possible outcome and surgical experience.”

To deliver on its vision of advancing minimally invasive gynecology worldwide, the AAGL partnered with Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) to develop the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program as a true quality improvement initiative.

The goal of the COEMIG program is to continue to enhance and develop the safety and excellence of gynecologic patient care internationally. This prestigious program works to increase patient knowledge and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, an innovation in women's healthcare.

PinnacleHealth currently performs more than 2,000 minimally invasive gynecologic procedures annually. PinnacleHealth offers both laparoscopic and robotic procedures to fit the unique needs of each patient. Minimally invasive surgery helps to avoid complications like infection by using small incisions, and specially designed surgical instruments to complete the needed surgery with the least amount of pain, incisions, blood loss and recovery.

“Ongoing advances in gynecologic surgery mean that women have more options than ever in treating gynecologic conditions,” states Robert Delrosario, MD, medical director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery with the Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. “Having a Center of Excellence close to home provides our community with choices and we have a care team with the experience to help them make the right choice.”

The COEMIG program also recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help minimally invasive gynecologic surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

The COEMIG program was initiated in 2010 to recognize surgeons. In 2011, the program grew to recognize surgeons, surgery centers, and hospitals worldwide that excel in minimally invasive gynecological surgeries and procedures. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: September is National Ovarian Cancer month. Each year, approximately 22,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2012, approximately 15,550 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer. To speak to a specialist in gynecologic oncology, please call Kelly McCall, public relations coordinator, at (717) 576-2520.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Gregory Willis, DO, will explain the signs, symptoms and prevention of different gynecologic cancers, Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. at the GIANT Super Food Store. 3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Please register online or by calling PinnacleHealth oneLine (717) 231-8900 or toll-free (877) 499-3299.
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