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Baptist Health Paducah and surgeon receive COEMIG designation



Women have a new reason to expect world-class care at Baptist Health Paducah.

Baptist Health Paducah and obstetrician/gynecologist Blair Tolar, MD, recently earned the Center of Excellence Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) designation.

Baptist is one of 170 hospitals worldwide to receive the prestigious designation by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists™ and the Surgical Review Corp.

The COEMIG seal assures women that Baptist Health Paducah and Tolar have partnered to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care, including:

  • Safest, highest-quality surgical care.
  • Faster recovery time and less scarring.
  • Expansion of patient awareness and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.

“Achieving the COEMIG designation demonstrates Baptist Health Paducah’s commitment to delivering the safest, highest-quality and consistent care to the community we are privileged to serve,” said William A. Brown, hospital president and regional executive.

Jim Waters, regional executive for service line development for Baptist Health Paducah and Madisonville, led the project. “We developed the COEMIG program to accelerate the adoption of minimally invasive gynecological procedures,” he said, “and to empower women to choose a treatment best suited to their needs.”


Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery uses small incisions for rapid recovery, decreased blood loss, shorter stays in the hospital and less post-operative pain. Techniques are available to treat chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, infertility, uterine prolapse and urinary stress incontinence.

“This designation provides us opportunities to improve patient care and offer more options to women in our region,” Dr. Tolar said. “It’s exciting to be part of a large cohort dedicated to improving surgical outcomes for women in minimally invasive surgery.”

To earn the COEMIG designation, Baptist Health Paducah provided information on all aspects of its minimally invasive gynecological program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes, as well as hosted the independent team’s on-site review.

“This achievement demonstrates Baptist Health’s excellence and best practices, which have been a hallmark of our service for our community for many years,” Waters said.

For more information, speak to one of our nurses at Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.