ST. FRANCIS eastside Named Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Bon Secours St. Francis has earned recognition from the Surgical Review Corporation as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG ™). The COEMIG program is focused on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering overall costs associated with successful treatment. 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. BSSF and 16 surgeons are proud to bring this designation to the Upstate and to our facility.
“Earning the center of excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients. It demonstrates an equally dedicated facility and staff,” said Bon Secours Medical Group physician and COEMIG Designee, Everett Fuller, MD.
COEMIG designation requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as staff education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts. Physicians who are COEMIG designated have demonstrated a commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care possible. Earning a COEMIG designation signifies that the surgeon is among the best in the specialty, which is an important distinction in both patient and professional settings.
Rose Leo, VP Women's and Ancillary Services said "We are most definitely raising the bar of surgical care for women. This dedication showcases our performance of minimally invasive GYN surgical techniques at the rate of more than double the national average. Patients now know there are physicians and a facility in their community with an emphasis on minimally invasive treatment and care."
By designating the individual surgeon and facility together, patients are able to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative care from those who have not.
Physicians receiving this designation with Bon Secours St. Francis include;
- Brandi Alt, DO | Highlands Center for Women
- Everett Fuller, MD | Commonwealth Women's Care
- David Godwin, MD | Commonwealth Women's Care
- David Griffin, MD | Upstate Oncology Associates
- Edward Heidtman, MD | Carolina Women's Health
- Rebecca Keith, MD | Carolina Women's Health
- Todd Lantz, MD | Upstate OB/GYN Group
- Ralph Lattimore, MD | Carolina Women's Health
- Laura LeBel, MD | Elle OBGYN
- Fleming Mattox, MD | Carolina Continence Center
- Vanessa Mazzoli, MD | Carolina Women's Health
- James Metherell, MD | Highlands Center for Women
- John Nichols, MD | Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group
- Tiffany Rhodes, MD | Upstate OB/GYN Group
- Harvey Sikes, MD | Carolina Women's Health
- Matthew Smith, MD | Highlands Center for Women
Requirements to retain a COEMIG designation include significant, ongoing experience performing minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, a Physician Program Director for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery who is an obstetrician/gynecologist and dedicated team specific to these surgeries, on-going education and consultative staff, and continuous quality assessment.
COEMIG designation insures that the administration and medical staff understand the benefits of minimally invasive gynecology versus traditional open surgical methods. Upstate women benefit with safer surgery, less pain, quicker recovery time, and less scarring.