Northside Achieves National Recognition in Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery

Posted on: Monday, January 14, 2013

 

Northside Hospital in Atlanta has been designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation, recognizing the hospital’s unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

The leader in women’s services, Northside Hospital has hosted more gynecologic (GYN) surgeries, including the treatment for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer, than any other hospital in Atlanta.  The hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals for GYN robotic procedures.  Multiple minimally invasive laparoscopic and traditional surgical procedures are available to treat a wide array of GYN conditions.

“Earning the COEMIG designation signifies Northside’s ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” said Vicki Barnett, RN, director of surgical services at Northside Hospital.  “We have always been focused on exceeding clinical benchmarks and improving the health and well-being of our patients; we are honored that our efforts are being recognized.”

The COEMIG program is focused on improving the safety and quality of GYN patient care and expanding awareness of and access to minimally invasive gynecology procedures, performed by surgeons and facilities that have demonstrated excellence in these advanced techniques.  The COEMIG designation is available to surgeons, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the world that provide minimally invasive GYN surgical care on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

To earn the designation, Northside provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive GYN program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes.  The hospital and its surgeons also demonstrated their partnership and cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive GYN surgical care.

“Northside Hospital has always welcomed advancement in minimally invasive surgery for the betterment of care for our patients,” said Ceana Nezhat, M.D., program director for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Northside.  “In fact, in the early 1980’s, treatment of the most severe cases of endometriosis by videolaparoscopy was first performed at Northside; this led to the development and first cases of many minimally invasive procedures in colorectal, urologic and general surgery, which are the standard of care today.”

“The pioneering work of well-known minimally invasive surgeons has been, and continues to be, supported by Northside Hospital and its vision of advancing minimally invasive surgery,” added Nezhat.  “I am pleased to be part of this collaborative work.”

Read more about Northside’s GYN surgery services. 

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