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Memorial Regional Medical Center Designated Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Hernia SurgeryTM (COEHS) by Surgical Review Corporation. Memorial Regional Medical Center was among the first in the country to achieve COEHS accreditation.

Hernias are tears or weaknesses in the abdominal wall; if left untreated, they can cause increasing pain and intestinal complications. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately five million Americans have hernias.

Amit Gogia, MD, FACS, is the medical director of the hernia program at MRMC. He specializes in robotic, minimally invasive repairs of complex hernias, which can mean smaller incisions, less pain, fewer complications, and faster recoveries for patients.

“The ability to perform minimally invasive hernia procedures is another way to assure the patient overall success. Certain hernias will require a traditional repair, depending on the size and where it occurs in the body; however, a robotic repair may help the patient experience less pain with a few small cuts rather than one big one,” said Dr. Gogia. “In my practice, the majority of hernia patients benefit from the minimally invasive approach. Patients heal better, hurt less, and look better. They can get back to their normal activities, like golf or running, more quickly.”

The designation was granted following a complex process involving the hospital and the medical team. To earn the COEHS designation, Memorial Regional Medical Center provided information on all aspects of its hernia surgery program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes. The COEHS program’s objective requirements and evaluation processes were developed in conjunction with leading hernia surgeons. A commitment to patient care and success necessitates that the requirements be comprehensive, research-based, and verified through a rigorous site inspection.

“Earning this designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver safe, high-quality health care to hernia surgery patients in our immediate region and beyond,” said Mark Gordon, CEO, MRMC. “This expertise in minimally invasive hernia repair is right here at Memorial Regional Medical Center. We are committed to giving patients the opportunity of a quality care experience close to home.”

To be a center of excellence requires a medical education component for surgeons, a full complement of consultative services, standard operating procedures, and a coordinated care team, all focused on a qualified series of outcomes.

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