Johnston-Willis Hospital
December 02, 2015

Richmond, Va. (Dec. 1, 2015) – HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital has received the designation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation, making it the first hospital in Virginia and only one of three in the nation to earn this recognition.

“Earning the Center of Excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to robotic surgery patients,” said Nathan Guerette, M.D., medical director of robotics at Johnston-Willis Hospital and urological-gynecologist. “The program fosters quality improvement in robotic surgery and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. Most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

According to Guerette, robotic surgery is minimally invasive, requiring incisions just a few millimeters long. The procedures are far less traumatic, resulting in faster recovery times and reduced scarring.

The designation recognizes hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate a commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care through a structured program to help robotic surgeons continuously improve quality of care and patient safety. Only physicians who meet these stringent qualifications and demonstrate proven aptitude through surgical experience are invited to be part of COERS.

The surgeons at Johnston-Willis Hospital who are part of the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery include Ramzi Aboujaoude, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; Marijan Gospodnetic, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; Nathan Guerette, M.D., urological-gynecologist; Lisa M. West, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; and Randal J. West, M.D., gynecologic-oncologist, who is one of only two surgeons in Central Virginia to have performed more than 1,000 robotic procedures.

The recognition also will allow patients to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality surgical and long-term follow-up care from those who have not.

Established in 2003, the Surgical Review Corporation is an internationally recognized healthcare leader committed to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. For more information, visit