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SMRC awarded for providing easier surgeries for women

Dr. Montgomery Johns

Dr. Montgomery Johns

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center was designated as an AAGL Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology TM.

Dr. Montgomery N. Johns with the Center for Advanced Women’s Medicine, has also earned the COEMIGTM designation. 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 about 75 centers worldwide to claim this designation.

“Earning the center of excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” Johns said. “The COEMIGTM 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.”

With Stafford Hospital recently receiving a similar designation, there are now two centers for excellence for minimally invasive gynecological surgeries. Minimally invasive surgeries are becoming more common as doctors seek ways to make the procedures easier for patients. I’d love to explore this more, and if you have any experience with a minimally invasive surgery, I’d love to chat with you.



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