August 12, 2013

Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology designation

HARBOR CITY, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center announced today that the hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and Surgical Review Corporation. The designation follows an intensive on-site survey of multiple inpatient departments conducted in May.

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The COEMIG program focuses on setting standards for safety and quality of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries. 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.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to being a leader in high quality, patient-centered care in the South Bay,” says Barbara Carnes, MD, area medical director. “Earning the COEMIG designation signifies our ability to deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our patients. The program has also focused our team on exceeding the clinical benchmarks and guidelines for quality in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.”

Four South Bay obstetric surgeons also earned the COEMIG designation: Lisa Agustines, MD, Jamie Renslo, MD, Jamshid Moossazadeh, MD and William Wallace, MD.

Surgeons and facilities that receive the COEMIG designation demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help minimally invasive gynecologic surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

“The COEMIG designation provides additional confidence in the care our physicians, nurses and care staff provide. It recognizes our culture to deliver the best care possible for our patients” says Dr. Renslo, chief of service, Obstetrics and Gynecology and program director for COEMIG. “Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, our electronic medical record, gives our entire care team the ability to communicate with each other on the best possible treatment plan for every member.”

The COEMIG program 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.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include decreased pain, less blood loss, faster recovery and, as a result, improved patient satisfaction. To earn the COEMIG designation, surgeons and hospitals must partner together and demonstrate a cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care.

About AAGL

The AAGL vision is to serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that provide less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and dialogue. Founded in 1971, the organization has educated the world’s finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere. This global commitment to women’s health care is embodied in their continuing medical education of physicians and professionals to further promote the well-documented high standards of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. For more information about the AAGL, visit

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as a leading administrator of center of excellence programs for surgical specialties. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support center of excellence program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database. BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.