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Saint Clare's Joins Hospitals Nationwide as an AIMIS Surgical Center of Excellence

Saint Clare's Joins Leading Hospitals Nationwide as an AIMIS Surgical Center of Excellence

DENVILLE, NJ – February 2, 2015 – Saint Clare’s Hospital has been designated as an American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) Gynecological Surgery Center of Excellence. The accomplishment was achieved after passing a series of rigorous criteria established by the accrediting body AIMIS.

The Gynecological Center of Excellence designation is important to northern New Jersey, giving patients an added assurance that Saint Clare’s Hospital has not only passed and exceeded existing norms for minimally invasive surgery quality and delivery, but also has physicians on staff who have achieved the AIMIS designation as an accredited AIMIS physician as well.

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common procedure performed on women in the United States. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, an estimated two-thirds of these operations entail open surgeries rather than minimally invasive laparoscopic methods. The designation from AIMIS is focused on advancing solutions to facilitate the conversion of a greater percentage of procedures from more-traumatic open surgeries to laparoscopic approaches that offer patients shorter hospitalizations and faster returns to normal activities.

According to Steven McCarus, MD, Chief Executive Officer of AIMIS, “We continue to assess and institute the use of latest technology, and teaching methods that advance continued use and implementation of minimally invasive surgery. Saint Clare’s Hospital has now joined only a handful of leading hospitals around the nation to enjoy the AIMIS accreditation.”

“By achieving the AIMIS designation, Saint Clare’s is now recognized among prominent hospitals nationwide for our work in improving the health of women,” said Saint Clare’s President and CEO Leslie D. Hirsch. “This recognition speaks to Saint Clare’s continued commitment to achieving excellence in the level of care provided to our surgical patients.”

Saint Clare’s Health System was presented with the AIMIS designation on January 9, 2015 by Dr. Robert Barnett, AIMIS Center of Excellence Medical Director. From left to right: Donna Scott; Liz Wein, Saint Clare’s Executive Director, Surgical Services; Deb Regen, Saint Clare’s Chief Nursing Officer; Larissa DaRocha; Martina Mendoza; Dr. Cem Omay; Dr. Richard Rothenberg; Dr. Barnett, AIMIS; Dr. Andrei Buna, Saint Clare’s Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Millard Strutin; Alma Ratcliffe, Saint Clare’s Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs; Patricia Delgrosso; Stacey Rodimer; King Law