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Alaska Regional Designated as Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology


December 14, 2015, Anchorage, AKAlaska Regional Hospital was recently designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive GynecologyTM (COEMIG) by the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists.

The COEMIG Program focuses on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering the costs associated with successful treatment. It is designed to expand patient awareness of, and access to, minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by surgeons and facilities that demonstrate excellence in these advanced techniques.

“Earning the Center of Excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” Julie Taylor, Alaska Regional CEO said, adding that the program fosters quality improvement by focusing the team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines.

To earn the COEMIG designation, Alaska Regional provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes. The designation also requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as its staff’s education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts.

The designation recognizes that the integrated efforts and resources of both the surgeon and hospital are what provide lasting health benefits for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients. Physicians who earn it must meet stringent criteria based on their expertise and experience. Alaska Regional-affiliated physicians named as COEMIG designees are Donna Chester, MD, FAOG; Wynd Counts, MD, FACOG; Wendy S. Cruz, MD, FACOG; and Carolyn Rhene Merkouris, MD, Mark Richey, MD; and Linda C. Wrigley, MD.


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