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Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology


The Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program is focused on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering the overall costs associated with successful treatment. Some two-thirds of women with experience a pelvic health problem over the course of their lifetime, usually during their childbearing years. COEMIG was 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, helping to ensure that women are aware of their surgical treatment options and the benefits of less invasive approaches.

With Dr. Seth Herbst, FACOG, medical director of the Palms West robotics surgery program, as a designated COEMIG surgeon along with Palms West, the hospital is leading the way for minimally invasive gynecology and the commitment to the safest, highest quality of care delivered to surgical patients. Minimally invasive procedures can preserve reproductive organs, minimize pain and scarring, and accelerate a return to daily living for millions of women diagnosed with endometriosis, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

The AAGL, or American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic techniques among surgeons worldwide, developed the COEMIG program in collaboration with SRC as a true quality improvement initiative. As a COEMIG designee, Palms West Hospital and Dr. Herbst have been recognized for demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective care. As part of the COEMIG evaluation process, Palms West provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes.

A COEMIG designation means that both the hospital and the surgeon have undergone a critical review process and have met standards developed by the AAGL and SRC to ensure the efficacy, safety and efficiency of their minimally invasive gynecology capabilities. 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.