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Hoag Re-Designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., October 7, 2015 -- Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced it has been re-designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG™) by the American Association of Gynecologic Laproscopists (AAGL) and the Surgical Review Corporation.

In addition to the hospital’s re-designation, five physicians were named COEMIG designees including Lisa Abaid, M.D., John (Jeb) V. Brown, M.D., Matthew Clark, M.D., Catalin Marinescu, M.D., and Albert Mendivil, M.D.

The COEMIG designation recognizes 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 and quality for patient safety.

Hoag offers the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, start-of-the-art technology and highly skilled clinical teams in southern California. As the highest volume provider of GYN/GYN Oncology robotic surgeries in the state of California, we are a regional leader in the field. With a total of four robots in Newport Beach, including two next generation da Vinci® Xi robots providing surgeons with greater dexterity, precision and control, Hoag is positioned to broaden its capabilities within robotic surgery across an array of specialties.

“When it comes to gynecological surgery, nothing has had a greater impact on quality of care for our patients than the introduction of robotics,” said Dr. John V. Brown, medical director of the Gynecologic Robotics Program and COEMIG designee. “It has revolutionized the field and we are proud to call this advanced technology our standard of care at Hoag.”

The AAGL is an international authority with over four decades of experience improving the lives of women everywhere. Hoag joins only a handful of hospitals across the country to receive the prestigious designation.


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 25,000 inpatients and 369,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to six health centers and eight urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. In 2013, Hoag entered into an alliance with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County community, known as St. Joseph Hoag Health. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 19 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 20 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.