Beebe Medical Center Named a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Women’s Surgery

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American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery recognizes hospital and three leading Lewes surgeons who excel in cutting-edge surgical techniques

Beebe Medical Center is the first hospital in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula — and one of only 12 in the United States — to be named a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).

Conjointly, three Lewes surgeons and members of the Beebe Medical Staff, Vincent B. Killeen, MD; Steven D. Berlin, MD; and Leo H. Eschbach, Jr., DO, have been recognized and accredited for their expertise in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, which also has designated their private practice, Bayside Health Association Chtd., as a Practice of Excellence.

This recognition by AIMIS means that Beebe Medical Center, together with Drs. Killeen, Berlin, and Eschbach, offer laparoscopic and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, particularly laparoscopic hysterectomy, that have produced excellent patient outcomes and meet the highest standards of quality and safety as set by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

The designation represents Beebe Medical Center’s commitment to bringing to the local community new and proven medical technologies that improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays, and lead to a better quality of life for patients and their families.

“Being recognized as a Center of Excellence is exciting, but what’s rewarding is that it shows we’re doing what’s best for our patients,” says Jeffrey M. Fried, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center. “The physicians at Bayside have pioneered many of these laparoscopic techniques that lead to optimum outcomes for our patients, and they’ve shown a true commitment to bringing these leading-edge technologies to Beebe Medical Center.”

Hysterectomy may involve removal of the uterus, the uterus and the cervix and, for some conditions, the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Each year, more than 600,000 women undergo the procedure, with one in three women in the United States undergoing the surgery by age 60.

The procedure is used to treat fibroids (non-cancerous uterine growths); endometriosis (when growth of uterine tissue affects other abdominal organs); uterine prolapse (uterus moves within abdomen, causing urinary problems, pelvic pressure and other problems); cancer; persistent vaginal bleeding; and chronic pelvic pain.

Traditionally open hysterectomy usually requires patients to spend three to four days in the hospital and up to six weeks recovery from the a painful abdominal incision. With only tiny incisions, laparoscopic hysterectomy allows patients to go home the same day, and they can resume normal activity in one to two weeks.

Dr. Berlin, who, until recently was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beebe Medical Center, praised the hospital staff members for their attention to detail and quality patient care.

“It goes from the time the patient arrives at the hospital, to the operating room and to the time of discharge. The patient always comes first.”

Dr. Killeen, board certified from the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He opened the Bayside Health Association practice in 1988. He also is board certified by the American Board of Managed Care Medicine and has published several articles in clinical journals

Dr. Berlin earned his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School in Illinois and completed his internship and obstetrical and gynecological residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He joined the Beebe Medical Staff in 1994 and became a pioneer in gynecologic surgery and alternative medicines. He initiated the Integrative Health Department, which offers complimentary and alternative treatments to the community and is trained in auricular acupuncture, bringing another alternative modality to our community. He serves as the Medical Director of the Integrative Health Department and as a physician member on the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors.

Dr. Eschbach joined Bayside in 2001, and currently serves as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beebe Medical Center. He received his board certification from the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He earned his medical degree and did his residency training through the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Beebe Medical Center surgeons already have begun introducing minimally invasive surgical techniques to medical students. In a collaborative pilot program between Beebe Medical Center and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, third-year medical students have been spending a month’s rotation over the past year in a clerkship program learning about gynecologic care, both in the operating rooms at Beebe Medical Center and in the physicians’ offices. The program has met with a positive response and the hospital is looking at ways to expand the clerkship program from obstetrics and gynecology into other areas.

“We are pleased to recognize Beebe Medical Center as a Center of Excellence, as well as the surgeons at Bayside Health,” said Dr. K. Warren Volker, CEO and chairman of AIMIS. “Minimally invasive surgery offers so many benefits to the entire healthcare chain, but most importantly, to the patient. Less discomfort, reduced scarring and dramatically faster recovery times are all key benefits of these techniques,” he added.

About Bayside Health Association
Bayside Health Association is committed to bringing quality Women's Health Care to the Eastern Shore. Bayside Health is a long standing medical group of Physicians, Certified Nurse Midwives and Ultrasonograhpers focusing on Women's Health in the Lewes and Georgetown area since 1988. Bayside Health offers the latest up to date advanced diagnostic and treatment options available, including gynecology, surgical procedures, birth control, obstetrics, ultrasound, dexa, prenatal loss support group and lab services. For more information, please visit Baysidehealth.com.

About Beebe Medical Center
Beebe Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital with 210 licensed beds. Beebe Medical Center has been recognized for the quality of the healthcare it provides and over the years has received several quality awards. Beebe Medical Center received the 2010 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades, which ranked Beebe among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for overall patient outcomes. It offers progressive and comprehensive medical care that includes an open-heart surgery program, which is in an affiliation with Christiana Care Health System, cardiac intervention, cancer treatment, orthopedic surgery, women’s health and emergency medicine. It is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and designated by The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. For more information, please visit beebemed.org.

About AIMIS
The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the nation's pre-eminent educator of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The organization both teaches minimally invasive methods and also supports graduates and members with opportunities where they can find marketing support, consulting services and strategies to help them grow and strengthen their practices. For those surgeons and hospitals that already meet AIMIS’ strict criteria for minimally invasive outcomes, AIMIS accredits surgeons and designates hospital Centers of Excellence so that patients can find the best standard in minimally invasive care. AIMIS provides resources for patients, corporate partners and physician members and affiliates to help foster progress throughout the medical profession. For more information, please visit aimis.org.

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Marie Rotter
Metzger Associates
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