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GBMC Achieves National Recognition in Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Oct 28, 2014

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) was recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic (COEMIG) Surgery by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons, and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

In addition, three obstetricians/gynecologists on staff at GBMC were named as COEMIG designees. Those physicians are: Joan Blomquist, M.D., Francis Grumbine, M.D., and Carol E. Ritter, M.D. GBMC is one of four hospitals in Maryland that has received the COEMIG designation.

“Earning the COEMIG designation shows GBMC’s aptitude to constantly deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” said Carol Ritter, M.D., Director of GBMC’s Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. “GBMC has always embraced progress in minimally invasive surgery in the advancement of care for our patients. We are proud to be recognized as a facility devoted to bringing the highest quality care to our patients.”

The COEMIG program was developed by AAGL and SRC to focus 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.

To earn the COEMIG designation, GBMC provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes.


Related Web Sites:
Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic (COEMIG) Surgery
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists

Surgical Review Corporation

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