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Hospital recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)

Overland Park Regional Medical Center and nine of its board-certified gynecologic and uro-gynecologic surgeons have been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. To deliver on its vision of advancing minimally invasive gynecology worldwide, the AAGL— the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide—partnered with Surgical Review Corporation to develop the COEMIG program as a quality improvement initiative.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s COEMIG board-certified surgeons and physicians include Errick Arroyo, M.D., Medical Director; OPRMC COEMIG Program, Charles “Chip” Butrick, M.D.; Renee Belieu, M.D.; Anthony Heit, M.D.; Timothy Martin, M.D.; R. Tony Moulton, D.O.; Amy Sorrells, M.D.; Sandra Stites, M.D.; Rabiya Suleman, M.D. and Kristi Weaver, D.O.

“Gone are the days when gynecologic surgery meant a long abdominal incision and a lengthy, painful recovery,” Dr. Arroyo says. “Today, modern, less invasive tools and techniques such as the daVinci® robotic-assisted surgery, have transformed treatment for many gynecologic conditions so that not only patients have a shorter recovery, but the safety and quality of care has vastly improved.”

According to Dr. Arroyo, the COEMIG program focuses on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering the overall costs associated with successful treatment. COEMIG is designed to expand patient awareness of and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by surgeons and facilities that have demonstrated excellence in these advanced techniques. The program recognizes that the integrated efforts and resources of both the surgeons and hospital are what provide lasting health benefits for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients. Designed to help accelerate the adoption of minimally invasive gynecology, the COEMIG program works to ensure that women are aware of their surgical treatment options and the benefits of less invasive approaches. To earn the COEMIG designation, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and its Board-certified physician leadership team demonstrated a cross-organizational commitment to minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care.

“Achieving this prestigious designation means that women in the region can now experience quality care that meets the AAGL’s strict standards of excellence,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “I am proud of the tireless efforts these nine surgeons and our staff have made to achieve the COEMIG gold standard of care, which aligns with Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s commitment to providing top-quality, compassionate care in all areas through advanced, highly specialized technology and services to patients and their families. It’s another way we raise the bar for healthcare in our community.”

Gynecologic care at Overland Park Regional Medical Center includes advanced treatment for any gynecologic condition, from fibroids and endometriosis to gynecologic cancers; less invasive alternatives to traditional surgery; annual pelvic exams, Pap smears and other preventive care; contraceptive counseling and prescribing; and pelvic floor rehabilitation and repair, for women who need help with bladder or bowel control, pelvic pain, organ prolapse or other conditions.

The COEMIG-accredited Overland Park Regional Medical Center Physician Team includes:

Dr. Errick Arroyo, COEMIG Medical Director

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has a clinical interest in complex laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, including DaVinci robotic surgery, pelvic support surgery, hysterectomy, myomectomy (removal of fibroids) and treatment of endometriosis. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and served his residency at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Arroyo is practice president of KC Ob-Gyn.   

Dr. Renee Belieu

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has extensive experience in gynecologic surgery, Dr. Belieu earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and served her residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Belieu practices at Kansas City Women’s Clinic and enjoys a practice dedicated to gynecological conditions.

Dr. Charles “Chip” Butrick

Urogynecologist and Board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He has a private practice, The Urogynecology Center based in Overland Park and dedicated to the management of chronic pelvic pain, pelvic reconstruction and urinary/fecal incontinence in women. Dr. Butrick’s post-residency training has concentrated on neuro-urology, his area of special interest, and he has trained with specialists in gynecology and urology. He was one of the first urogynecologists to do sacral neuromodulation.

Dr. Anthony Heit

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Heit earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Heit is one of the founding physicians at Kansas City Ob/Gyn. He always strives to do what is best for the patient, and thoroughly enjoys developing relationships with each patient and her family. He is a member of the American Medical Association Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Kansas City Gynecological Society Kansas Medical Society/

Dr. Timothy Martin

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  He has a clinical interest in advanced laparoscopic and robotic-assisted gynecological surgery. Dr. Martin received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed his residency at Truman Medical Center.  He has been in private practice for 25 years and serves as president and chief executive officer for The Women’s Healthcare Group and as the department chair for obstetrics and gynecology at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Dr. R. Tony Moulton

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has a clinical interest in advanced laparoscopy, robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery and treatment of female urinary incontinence. Dr. Moulton earned his medical degree from the University of Health Science in Kansas City and completed his residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Moulton is interested in teaching medical students and currently serves as the department chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Dr. Amy Sorrells

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has a clinical interest in laparoscopic hysterectomy, bio-identical hormone replacement, and surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence, high-risk obstetrics, cervical cancer screening and contraception. She received her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio and completed her residency at the University of South Florida. Dr. Sorrells practices at Care for Women.

Dr. Sandra Stites

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology with extensive experience in gynecologic surgery. A graduate of Princeton, she earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and served her residency at the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Stites practices at Kansas City Women’s Clinic.

Dr. Rabiya Suleman

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and experienced in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She enjoys all aspects of her field, including high- and low-risk obstetrics, gynecological problems and well-woman care. Dr. Suleman speaks English as well as Spanish, Urdu and Punjabi. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Dr. Kristi Weaver

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Weaver specializes in daVinci® surgical robotics. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Kansas City Gynecological Society, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. She received her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience.  

For more information, visit oprmc.com/women

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