November 22, 2013
VISALIA - Kaweah Delta
Medical Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. The AAGL promotes
minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide. The designation
follows an intensive on-site survey of multiple inpatient departments conducted
earlier this year.
The COEMIG program
sets standards for safety and quality of minimally invasive gynecologic
surgeries. The program is designed to expand patient awareness of - and access
to - minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by surgeons and
facilities that have demonstrated excellence in these advanced techniques.
designation affirms our history of excellent gynecologic surgical outcomes,”
said Mark Wiseman, MD
FACOG, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology of Kaweah Delta Health
Care District. “Joining
the other Center of Excellence gynecologic surgeons and hospitals worldwide will
allow us to always provide the women we care for with the best surgical options
available right here in the Central Valley.”
Director of Surgical Services at Kaweah Delta, said the designation was also
awarded because Kaweah Delta delivers the safest and highest-quality care to patients.
receive the COEMIG designation demonstrate a commitment to consistently deliver
safe, effective, evidence-based care. Among the many qualifications considered are
the experience of the surgical staff, the status of the hospital’s technology
and equipment, adherence to established clinical pathways for perioperative
care, and the availability and competency of the support staff and surgical
The COEMIG program
recognizes that the integrated efforts and resources of both surgeons and the
hospital are what provide lasting health benefits for minimally invasive
gynecologic surgery patients. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include
decreased pain, less blood loss, faster recovery and, as a result, improved
patient satisfaction. To earn the COEMIG designation, surgeons and hospitals
must partner and demonstrate a cross-organizational commitment to minimally
invasive gynecologic surgical care.
Dr. Wiseman said
Kaweah Delta is committed to sharing surgical outcomes with other Center of
Excellence hospitals and surgeons. “That will help ensure that we are providing
patients state-of-the-art procedures with exceptional results. We already have
impressive programs in gynecologic laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and robotic
surgery,” Dr. Wiseman said.
COEMIG program was implemented to help expand awareness of and access to
minimally invasive gynecological procedures for women, which are now available
to treat the majority of pelvic health disorders. Minimally invasive procedures
can preserve reproductive organs, minimize pain and scarring, and accelerate a
return to daily living for millions of women diagnosed with common
gynecological problems such as fibroids, endometriosis, stress urinary
incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Some two-thirds of women experience a pelvic health problem over
the course of their lifetime, usually during their childbearing years. In the
past, many conditions were treated by hysterectomy (removal of the uterus,
sometimes along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes), which at 600,000 per
year is second only to cesarean section as the most common surgery among U.S.
This year, Kaweah
Delta Health Care District is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The 581-bed
hospital district is the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings
counties and offers comprehensive services including a well-respected pediatric
hospitalist program, a nationally-recognized orthopedic program, cancer
programs and more. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org.
The AAGL vision is to
serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and
therapeutic techniques that provide less invasive treatments for gynecologic
conditions through integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and
dialogue. Founded in 1971, the organization has educated the world's finest
surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere. This global commitment
to women's health care is embodied in their continuing medical education of
physicians and professionals to further promote the well-documented high
standards of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. For more information about
the AAGL, visit www.aagl.org.
Surgical Review Corporation
Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by
industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and
efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and
metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as the leading administrator of Center of Excellence
and Surgeon of Excellence programs for surgical specialties such as minimally
invasive gynecology, hernia surgery and robotic surgery. The organization
manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a
global standard for excellence. To support program compliance and quality
improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database.
BOLD is the world's largest repository of clinical patient data for the
bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.