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P&S Surgical Hospital is now a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology—one of the first 100 hospitals in the country to earn the distinction. The honor, designated by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation, recognizes the efforts of both the surgeons and the hospital in delivering safe, effective, evidence-based care.

Linda S. Holyfield, president and CEO of P&S Surgical Hospital, said local gynecology surgeons have been performing these procedures laparoscopically—a minimally invasive approach—since 1990. A few of those include uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and hysterectomies. This new designation embodies the hospital’s commitment to patient safety and excellent surgical outcomes, she said.

“Our hospital strives to provide our patients with the highest quality of care. Minimally invasive procedures often result in fewer complications, faster recovery and lower costs for our patients, and we have worked hard to improve these options for our female patients. Meeting the requirements to be a Center of Excellence is an honor. I am so proud of our staff and our physicians who have worked together to earn this impressive achievement.”

The COEMIG designation process entails an extensive analysis and on-site evaluation of the hospital’s surgical facilities, operations, and surgical outcomes. The program is also structured to help providers continue to improve care quality and patient safety through training and education.

This accolade is one that benefits the northeast Louisiana community, said Peyton R. Hall, III, M.D., physician director of the COEMIG program and chair of the COEMIG interdisciplinary committee at P&S Surgical Hospital.

“The designation of P&S Surgical Hospital as a Center of Excellence affirms the experience of our surgeons, the abilities of our staff, and the quality of our equipment—all of which are vital to performing state-of-the-art-minimally invasive surgery.”

The distinction is also important to the medical community, he said.

“We always maintain optimal standards of care, but by comparing our performances with those of other designated Centers of Excellence, we now know we are among the national leaders in providing minimally invasive gynecological surgery,” Hall said.

Surgical facilities and surgeons must meet several requirements to be approved for the COEMIG designation. A few of those stipulations include: surgeons who possess significant, ongoing experience performing minimally invasive gynecologic procedures; a successful process for educating patients regarding procedure options; and a commitment to ongoing in-service education programs.

For more information about the COEMIG designation requirements, visit: http://www.surgicalreview.org/coemig/requirements/