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BMC Recognized for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) has been designated a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (COEMIG) by the American Assoc. of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons, and Surgical Review Corp. (SRC).

In addition, Drs. Daniel Barraez-Masroua, Andrew Beckwith, Robert Benner, Herbert Kantor, and Cassandra Service have earned the prestigious COEMIG designation. They are members of the BMC medi-cal staff and practice with Berkshire Ob/Gyn Associates.

“The COEMIG program recognizes hospitals and surgeons that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care,” said Kantor, chairman of Maternal Child Health for BMC. “The program is designed to help minimally invasive gynecologic-surgery providers to continuously improve care quality and patient safety. I am proud that we have achieved this designation, which results from our commitment to working together as a team to deliver the highest-quality care for 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, BMC provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecology program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes.

“The COEMIG program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines,” said Kantor. “Most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

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