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BMC Achieves Center of Excellence Designation for GYN Surgery
Berkshire Medical Center Awarded Center of Excellence Designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: Hospital and Several GYN Surgeons Recognized

Berkshire Medical Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (COEMIG) by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons, and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). In addition, Daniel Barraez-Masroua, MD, Andrew Beckwith, MD, Robert Benner, MD, Herbert Kantor, MD, and Cassandra Service, MD, have earned the prestigious COEMIG designation. They are members of the BMC medical staff and practice with Berkshire OB/GYN Associates.

“The COEMIG program recognizes hospitals and surgeons that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care,” said Dr. Kantor, Chairman of Maternal Child Health for BMC. “The program is designed to help minimally invasive gynecologic surgery providers to continuously improve care quality and patient safety. I am proud that we have achieved this designation, which results from our commitment to working together as a team to deliver the highest quality care for our patients.”

The COEMIG program was developed by AAGL and SRC to focus on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering the 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.

To earn the COEMIG designation, BMC provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes.

“The COEMIG program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines,” said Dr. Kantor. “Most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

About the AAGL: The AAGL vision is to serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and dialogue. Since 1971, the AAGL has worked with some of the world’s finest gynecologic surgeons to improve the quality of healthcare services for women everywhere. This global commitment to women’s healthcare is embodied in our continuing medical education of physicians and professionals to further promote the well-documented high standards of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

About Surgical Review Corporation: Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization that develops and administers Center of Excellence and Surgeon of Excellence programs worldwide for surgical specialties. These programs recognize hospitals and surgeons providing exceptional care and dedicated to continuously improving patient safety and success.

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