Kaweah Delta named Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology

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.  

"This 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.”  

Benton Duckett, 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.   Facilities that 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 team members.  

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.  

The 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. women.  

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.  

About AAGL
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.  

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review 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.