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Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and Dr. Montgomery Johns Earn AAGL Center of Excellence Designation for Minimally Invasive Gynecology



Spotsylvania County - Fredericksburg, Virginia
November 25, 2013

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has been designated as the AAGL Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology ™ (COEMIG™) and Montgomery N. Johns, MD, FACOG with the Center for Advanced Women's Medicine, has also earned the COEMIG™ designation. Dr. Johns was the initiator of the efforts to complete the stringent requirements to become a center of excellence and serves as the Medical Director of the program. He is one of 260 surgeons in the world to be awarded this honor and Spotsylvania Regional is one of 72 centers worldwide to claim this designation. To earn the COEMIG™ designation, surgeons and hospitals must partner together and demonstrate a cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care.

"Earning the center of excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients," said Dr. Johns. "The COEMIG™ program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. But most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients."

The COEMIG™ program recognizes that the integrated efforts and resources of both the surgeon and hospital are what provide lasting health benefits for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients.
By designating the individual surgeon and facility together, patients are able to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative care from those who have not. Insurance companies will also be able to use the designation to identify those committed to excellence.

The COEMIG™ 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. In addition, the program is designed to help accelerate the adoption of minimally invasive gynecology and ensure that women are aware of their surgical treatment options and the benefits of less invasive approaches. Recognizing surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care, the program is structured to help minimally invasive gynecologic surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

About AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists)
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

About Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center opened June 7, 2010 and is a part of HCA Virginia, which is the commonwealth's most comprehensive healthcare network. SRMC is a $175 million hospital with 126-beds and all rooms are private and provide a wide range of in- and outpatient services, including 24-hour emergency care, obstetrics, diagnostic imaging, intensive care, cardiac catheterization, surgery and psychiatric care. Located on a 75-acre campus south of Fredericksburg on Interstate 95, the hospital recently opened a cancer treatment center in partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Spotsylvania Regional employs nearly 600 staff members and pays roughly $1.5 million in taxes annually to Spotsylvania County, thereby broadening the county's tax base.


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