Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology

St. Joseph Medical Center, along with select physicians and surgeons have earned recognition as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ (COEMIG™) by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons, and the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

The COEMIG designation, which St. Joseph first received in 2013, recognizes surgeons and medical facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to deliver the safest and highest quality minimally invasive medical care. In earning this designation, these surgeons join a safety and quality improvement program that identifies best medical practices, enhances systems, protocols and processes, and promotes education for medical staff.

The purpose of the COEMIG accreditation is to serve women by advancing the safest and more efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments. This designation recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

Surgeons affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health awarded COEMIG designations include:

Elaine Chang, MD
Eve Cunningham, MD, FACOG
Theresa Froelich, DO FACOG
Irene Grias, DO, FACOOG
Karen Nelson, MD FACOG
Scott Poehlmann, MD, FACOG
Robert Snyder, MD
William Su, MD
Julius Szigeti, MD, FACOG

Achieving COEMIG designation places St. Joseph at the forefront of minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care. Women’s services have grown more advanced and specialized and the accreditation demonstrates the hospital and physician’s commitment to excellence and patient-centered care. Patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery experience less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, so they can resume normal activities sooner.

St. Joseph offers expert specialized care for women who face surgical treatment for

  • Hysterectomies
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Prolapse
  • Other gynecologic conditions

St. Joseph offers advanced laparoscopic and DaVinci Surgical System robotics, which is the most advanced technology available today to perform gynecologic surgical procedures.

COEMIG-accredited centers comply with requirements designated by the AAGL. Approved facilities adhere to requirements including an institutional commitment to excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery; significant and ongoing surgical experience performing minimally invasive gynecologic procedures; a full complement of consultative staff and services; a designated surgical team and support staff, and continuous quality assessment.

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