February 2014


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 Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:



Yoga for Cancer Survivors


Balanced Life Yoga


Monday, February 17
Oncology Massage Clinic


Tuesday, February 18
LifeWise HeartWise Event


Wednesday, February 19
AARP Smart Driver Course


Thursday, February 20
Heart Saver CPR


Red Dress Event


Friday, February 21
Road Warriors "Stick It To Cancer" Night


Tuesday, February 25
Black History Month: Pearlie Harris' Story


Thursday, February 27
Heart Saver CPR 


F eatured Article

If given the choice, nearly anyone would choose a minimally-invasive option for surgery. With advances in technology and training for physicians, more procedures than ever before are now being performed with smaller incisions, less blood loss and less disturbance of surrounding tissues. The benefits are clear - diminished pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Please continue reading to learn more:

St. Francis is Now a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Women's Surgeries


Now, women in the Upstate have another reason to choose minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries - ST. FRANCIS eastside has been designated as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), by the Surgical Review Corporation.


This program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help minimally invasive gynecologic surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.


"Earning the center of excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to women having minimally invasive gynecologic surgery," says Bon Secours Medical Group physician and COEMIG Designee, Everett Fuller, MD.


COEMIG designation requires an extensive review of a hospital's surgical facilities, operations, procedures and outcomes as well as its staff's education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts.


"We are most definitely raising the bar for the minimally invasive care of women," says Rose Leo, VP of Women's and Ancillary Services at St. Francis. "We want women in our community to know that our facility puts such an emphasis on minimally invasive treatment and care."


The following conditions can be treated with minimally invasive gynecologic surgery:


*Investigation and treatment of pelvic pain

*Uterine fibroids



*Endometrial ablation

*Treatment for some types of infertility

*Abnormal uterine bleeding

*Laparoscopic removal of the uterus or ovary

*Removal of ovarian cysts


If you have one of these conditions and are considering surgery, ask your OB-GYN what minimally invasive options are available, and ask to have your surgery at COEMIG-designated ST. FRANCIS eastside.


Watch Bon Secours Medical Group physicians and COEMIG Designees Edward Heidtman, MD and Everett Fuller, MD discuss the COEMIG designation in video below:



Learn more about the COEMIG designation>> 

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Upcoming Events

Red Dress Event: Thursday, February 20, 5:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. Join the St. Francis Foundation at this ladies only event full of fun, fashion, laughter and heart health education. $25 per person, proceeds benefit the St. Francis Foundation. RSVP by February 13 at


Stick it to Cancer Night: Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Join the Greenville Road Warriors and St. Francis to help raise funds and awareness to fight cancer. Special Game-worn "Stick it to Cancer" jerseys will be auctioned off after the hockey game to benefit the American Cancer Society.


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