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Norton Suburban Hospital receives center of excellence designation for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

Norton Suburban Hospital receives center of excellence designation for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital, has been designated an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive GynecologyTM (COEMIG).

The COEMIG program allows patients to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for performing high-quality surgical procedures from those who have not. Earning the COEMIG designation shows that surgeons and the hospital have partnered and demonstrate a cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive gynecological surgical care.

Norton Suburban Hospital joins approximately 170 other hospitals and 440 surgeons in 24 countries participating in the AAGL centers of excellence program. Norton Healthcare physicians earning the designation are David L. Doering, M.D., Mary E. Gordinier, M.D., Michael R. Milam, M.D., Nancy J. Newman, M.D., Dwight D. Pridham, M.D., Steven H. Pursell, M.D., and Jonathan H. Reinstine, M.D.

“This center of excellence designation means that we are able to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” said Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC, chief administrative officer, Norton Suburban Hospital. “The COEMIG program shows our commitment to excellence and improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

“With advances in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, we have been able to provide many women with an alternative to traditional surgery,” said Dr. Reinstine, OB/GYN with Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, a Part of Norton Women’s Care and leader of the hospital’s COEMIG designation team. “The COEMIG program fosters quality improvement in this type of surgery, and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines.”
The COEMIG program is focused on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care worldwide 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.

Minimally invasive gynecologic procedures include laparoscopic myomectomy and uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids, sacrospinous fixation for advanced uterine prolapse and laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Endometriosis, uterine fibroids and adenomyosis are conditions that are treated through the hospital’s pelvic health program. Chronic pelvic dysfunction affects as many as one of every four women, and many women do not realize their condition is treatable.

Formerly called the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the AAGL has a membership extending to more than 110 countries and is an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. With more than 7,000 members worldwide, the association counts among its members the foremost authorities in gynecology and pioneers in technique and procedures.

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About Norton Suburban Hospital
Norton Suburban Hospital currently serves as a full-service, 373-bed community hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care, full diagnostic services and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital specializes in comprehensive cancer prevention, detection and treatment; orthopaedics; neurosurgery; and surgical weight loss services. Norton Suburban holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a certified advanced primary stroke center offering comprehensive stroke intervention. Through Norton Women’s Care, the hospital offers general and high-risk obstetric and gynecologic care, as well as a surgical unit with private rooms and specialized nursing care just for women. The hospital has been a primary provider of obstetrical services in Kentucky for a number of years, delivering more than 5,000 babies annually since 2003. The hospital also is home to the Kosair Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norton Suburban Hospital, featuring a Level III nursery and on-site neonatal care 24/7.

In January 2012, Norton Suburban began the first phase of its conversion to Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. The entire facility is being reconfigured to provide a transformational model of comprehensive health care for women, along with expanded pediatric services in conjunction with renowned Kosair Children’s Hospital. Once complete in 2014, the hospital will continue to treat all types of patients regardless of gender and age for all types of conditions. The medical buildings surrounding the hospital will house outpatient services available to the entire community.

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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

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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