Syosset Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology

SYOSSET, NY –  Syosset Hospital announced today its designation as a center of excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide (AAGL), the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons throughout the world. The hospital is the first in the North Shore-LIJ Health System -- and one of the first facilities worldwide -- to be awarded the designation.

COEMIG designation means that both the hospitals and the surgeons have undergone a critical review process and met standards developed by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) to ensure the efficacy, safety and efficiency of their minimally invasive gynecology programs. Among the many qualifications considered are: the experience of the surgical staff; the hospital’s technology and equipment; clinical pathways for care; a specialized surgical team and patient outcomes and ongoing quality assessment. Syosset Hospital earned the COEMIG designation by performing at least 50 qualifying laparoscopic and/or hysteroscopic procedures in the last 12 months that meet COEMIG’s strict standards.

“Minimally invasive procedures can preserve women’s fertility, minimize pain and scarring, and speed a return to daily living for millions of women. These procedures treat common gynecological problems such as fibroids, endometriosis, incontinence and abnormal bleeding,” said Steven Palter, MD, program co-director and fertility specialist.  He noted that two-thirds of women experience a pelvic health problem during their lifetime, usually during their childbearing years.

“Our team of highly-trained surgeons and staff are committed to advancing minimally invasive gynecology and surgery,” said Michael Fener, executive director of Syosset Hospital. “The designation as a ‘Center of Excellence’ reinforces our pledge to provide the best in care to our patients by showing our dedication to the continual improvement of healthcare quality and safety.” Syosset Hospital’s wide array of minimally invasive surgical specialties is housed at its Laparoscopic Surgery Center, which focuses on laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery.

“The COEMIG program was developed to recognize programs that meet rigorous volume, systems and outcomes requirements,” said Dr. Palter.  The National Program, which was founded and is directed by Dr. Palter, “forms a collaborative network that can gather and share information never before possible to raise quality and outcomes even further,”

The SRC is an international organization committed to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide and has developed center of excellence programs and health information technologies that ensure measurable quality improvements and outcomes for surgeons, facilities and patients. The AAGL is an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology, with over 5,500 members in 95 countries.

To learn more about Syosset Hospital’s minimally invasive gynecologic surgery program, call (516) 365-5400.  For more information on the AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology program visit: www.surgicalreview.org/coemig/. For more information on the AAGL visit: www.aagl.org/.

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