Physicians Regional Healthcare System First in the State of Florida to be Recognized for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology

Physicians Regional Healthcare SystemThe surgery department at Physicians Regional – Collier Boulevard has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (COEMIG) by the AAGL (Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide), the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery throughout the world. The hospital is the first in the State of Florida to be awarded the designation.

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. Among the many qualifications considered are: the experience of the surgical staff; patient outcomes; the hospital’s technology and equipment; a specialized surgical team and ongoing quality assessment.

“Our team of highly-trained surgeons and staff are committed to advancing minimally invasive gynecology and surgery,” said Dennis Hidlebaugh, MD, COEMIG Physician Program Director, Vice Chief of Staff at Physicians Regional Healthcare System. “The COEMIG program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and participation reflects the team effort on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. But most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

The vision of AAGL is to serve women by advancing the safest and most effective 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.

To learn more about Physicians Regional Healthcare System and its minimally invasive gynecologic surgery program, call (239) 348-4453. For more information on the AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology program visit: For more information on the AAGL visit:

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