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12 Leading Surgeons. One Center of Excellence.

12 Leading Surgeons. One Center of Excellence.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s minimally invasive surgical gynecology program is the first in Arizona to be awarded the Center of Excellence designation in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG™) by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL™), the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons.


Center of Excellence designation affirms high quality of care, results for women’s surgical procedures

Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology designation affirms evidence-based care and the value and safety of minimally invasive surgery, which reduces patients’ hospital stays, is less painful and offers fewer side effects over traditional open-incision surgery. Scottsdale Healthcare met 10 specific COEMIG site requirements, while its select obstetrics and gynecology specialists met the physician requirements.

A minimally invasive approach is increasingly accepted as the standard of care for gynecologic surgery. Patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery experience less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, which allows them to resume normal activities sooner. The COEMIG designation applies to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

The Center of Excellence in Minimally  Invasive Gynecology designation signifies that Scottsdale Healthcare’s three hospitals and our surgeons are among the best in their specialty,” said Polly Hrenchir, clinical director of Women’s Services. “Patients should be assured of the excellent quality, superior skill and high level of commitment to minimally-invasive procedures that Scottsdale Healthcare and these physicians provide."

Twelve of Scottsdale Healthcare’s minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons also qualified for designation as part of the COEMIG. The surgeons completed a stringent evaluation process designed to show they meet established program requirements for providing safe gynecologic care with exceptional short- and long-term outcomes. The evaluation not only documents the surgical components such as equipment utilized, supplies, training of surgeons and staff and the availability of ancillary services, but also places heavy emphasis on patient results and outcomes.

“This is a huge step forward in driving consistency and good outcomes for minimally invasive gynecology procedures,” said Dr. Jennifer Simone, medical director of Scottsdale Healthcare’s COEMIG. “This designation distinguishes both the hospitals and the individual surgeons as providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality surgical care.  Instead of focusing on a single procedure or physician, it ensures an entire system is in place to deliver the highest level of care.”

Scottsdale Healthcare also offers minimally invasive gynecological procedures using the daVinci Surgical System Robot, the most advanced technology available today for minimally invasive surgery. The daVinci can be used to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions including the three most common types of gynecological cancers - uterine, cervical and ovarian.

For more information about the Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery program at Scottsdale Healthcare, call 480-323-3663 or visit

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