Published on March 01, 2017

Chestnut Hill Hospital Earns Center Of Excellence For GYN Surgery

Philadelphia, PA — Chestnut Hill Hospital recently earned recognition as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG). The COEMIG program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

AAGL Center of Excellence

“This designation distinguishes Chestnut Hill Hospital’s GYN surgery program for meeting requirements for delivering high-quality patient care,” says Lynda Thomas-Mabine, M.D., gynecology. “Our program provides women with innovative, minimally invasive surgical treatment options that preserve fertility, reduce or eliminate pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding and control bladder function. The integration among our clinical team and the Hospital results in truly excellent care and health benefits for our patients.”

Patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery experience less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, when compared to traditional surgery. “That means patients can return to normal activities sooner,” says Dr. Thomas-Mabine. “And, it’s the reason why minimally invasive surgery is quickly becoming the preferred – and often demanded – treatment approach for many women in our community. At Chestnut Hill, more than 85 percent of our GYN surgical procedures are done minimally invasively, compared to about 40 percent nationally.”

COEMIG designation means that both the hospitals and the surgeons have undergone a critical review process and met standards developed by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation to ensure the efficacy, safety and efficiency of their minimally invasive gynecology programs. Among the many qualifications considered are: the experience of the surgical staff; the hospital’s technology and equipment; clinical pathways for care; a specialized surgical team and patient outcomes and ongoing quality assessment.

“Our team of highly-trained surgeons and staff are committed to advancing minimally invasive gynecology and surgery,” said John Cacciamani, M.D., CEO, Chestnut Hill Hospital. “The designation as a ‘Center of Excellence’ reinforces our pledge to provide the best care to our patients by showing our dedication to the continual improvement of healthcare quality and safety.”

Chestnut Hill Hospital offers minimally invasive procedures for several specialties. Visit for more information on Chestnut Hill Hospital’s minimally invasive surgery program and affiliated surgeons.

Photo ID: Chestnut Hill Hospital’s award winning GYN surgeons Lynda Thomas-Mabine, M.D., Paul Neumann, M.D., and Marialisa Lambert, M.D.

Chestnut Hill Hospital (CHH) is a community-based, university-affiliated, teaching hospital committed to excellent patient-centered care. CHH provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient, diagnostic and treatment services for our neighbors in northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County. More than 300 board-certified physicians comprise the medical staff and support medical specialties including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, cardiology, gynecology, oncology, orthopedics, urology, family practice and internal medicine. Our comprehensive services include primary care practices, two women’s centers and an off-site physical therapy center. CHH is affiliated with university-hospitals in Philadelphia for heart, stroke and cancer care, as well as our hospitalist and residency programs. Chestnut Hill has 132-beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission. To learn more about CHH, visit