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Lowell General Hospital and Four Surgeons Recognized as Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation

April 28, 2014 - Lowell, MA – Lowell General Hospital announced today that the hospital and four of its surgeons – Dr. William Galvin, III, Dr. Nonnie-Marie Estella, Dr. Minerva Domingo and Dr. John Hughes – have been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation.

To deliver on its vision of advancing minimally invasive gynecology worldwide, the AAGL, the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide, partnered with Surgical Review Corporation to develop the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program as a quality improvement initiative. The COEMIG program is focused 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.

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. To earn the COEMIG designation, surgeons and hospitals must partner together and demonstrate a cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care. To earn the COEMIG designation, Lowell General Hospital provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes.

“We are proud that Lowell General Hospital and four members of our medical staff have earned this prestigious designation,” said Joseph A. White, President of Lowell General Hospital. “The COEMIG recognition helps ensure our community that Lowell General Hospital is providing the highest quality minimally invasive gynecology surgical procedures possible, and that these minimally invasive treatment options offer great benefits to women living and working right here in our community.”

Designed to help accelerate the adoption of minimally invasive gynecology, the COEMIG program works to ensure that women are aware of their surgical treatment options and the benefits of less invasive approaches.

To learn more about minimally invasive surgical options at Lowell General Hospital, visit www.lowellgeneral.org/surgery.

About Lowell General Hospital

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses located in Lowell, Massachusetts, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors.

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 www.aagl.org.

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 www.surgicalreview.org.

AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™, COEMIG™ and the COEMIG seal are trademarks of the AAGL. All rights reserved.

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