Mercy Minimally Invasive Gynecology Program Named Center of Excellence

April 2, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Mercy Hospital St. Louis was recently named an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG). This designation was accomplished after months of coordinated effort, including establishing protocols for hysteroscopic and laparoscopic gynecological procedures.

Leading the efforts, Mercy Clinic Drs. Richard Gimpelson and David Levine were named the physician designees for the program. Both have served on the board of the AAGL, the medical organization advocating minimally invasive surgery worldwide. Minimally invasive gynecologic procedures include treatment for benign conditions including: endometriosis, heavy periods, pelvic pain, infertility (uterine anomalies), uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, and uterovaginal prolapse.

These procedures are performed through small scopes allowing for a quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, overnight hospitalization at the most, decreased post-operative infections and less noticeable incisions or no incisions.

Participant hospitals in other Center of Excellence programs administered by the Surgical Review Corporation indicate involvement has resulted in decreased length of stay and reduced complication rates . 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.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center; a comprehensive children's hospital; a surgery center; and a 120-bed skilled nursing center. 

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  In Mercy’s east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Crystal City and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.   

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