Feature Center of Excellence

AIMIS Mission Statement

To develop and designate affiliates and Centers of Excellence dedicated to minimally invasive procedures that safely benefit patients while reducing health care costs.

AIMIS Welcomes The Newest Center of Excellence

 Coastal Carolina Hospital!


 On January 24th, 2020, AIMIS conducted a site visit at Coastal Carolina Hospital.

Dr. Robert Barnett, Leadership Team Director of AIMIS Gynecologic Centers of Excellence,

met with Dr. Claude Tolbert, Joel Taylor CEO, and Barbara Graves RN, Director Surgical Services.




Coastal Carolina Hospital

Coastal Carolina Hospital is a 41-bed acute care hospital located in Hardeeville, S.C., serving the medical and healthcare needs of Jasper and Beaufort counties since November 2004. The hospital is part of a two-hospital system known as Hilton Head Regional Healthcare. Investing in the most advanced technology and recruiting well-trained physicians has enabled Coastal Carolina Hospital to provide an array of inpatient and outpatient services so you and your loved ones don’t have to leave your community to receive high quality care. 

The Women’s Pavilion at Coastal Carolina strives to ensure that every precious moment is perfect for moms, their babies and families. The only hospital in the region to offer OB physician laborist support around the clock to assist with active labor and emergent OB care, we provide a natural birthing environment with the safety of an acute care hospital. 

The specialists at the Pelvic Health Institute offer care to both women and men experiencing issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, vaginal prolapse or sexual dysfunction. Patients receive private consultation and individualized treatments that fit their lifestyle. Board certified physicians at the hospital offer comprehensive minimally invasive surgical services when needed to treat urologic, gynecologic, and abdominal conditions. 

Patients and visitors comment that they get personal attention at Coastal Carolina Hospital for essential services such as 24-hour emergency care, critical care, medical and surgical services, wound care, and imaging. 

For more information, visit  https://www.hiltonheadregional.com/

About Dr. Claude Tolbert, COE Director

Dr. Claude Tolbert, Jr., is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist who has been caring for women in Beaufort County for over 20 years.  He is currently a practicing physician with Riverside Women’s Care in Beaufort, South Carolina, and has served as a clinical preceptor for A-T Still Medical University and MUSC Physician’s Assistant’s program.

His interest in minimally invasive surgery began during his residency program at Easter Virginia Medical School and The Jones Institute.  It was there where the foundational principles of surgical technique were established.  While there Dr. Tolbert had extensive training with innovative laparoscopic and hysteroscopic techniques.

Since his residency training, Dr. Tolbert has continued to expand his interest in minimally invasive surgery.  This has led to his interest in robotics.  For over 10 years, Dr. Claude Tolbert has been performing robotic-assisted surgeries.  He has been trained at the Master Level for robotic-assisted hysterectomies and myomectomies.  He also performs robotic single-site procedures as well.

Dr. Tolbert is constantly seeking out opportunities to improve his skill set in minimally invasive surgeries.

Joel C. Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Carolina Hospital

Chief Operating Officer, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare

Joel Taylor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Carolina Hospital, a 41-bed hospital, effective September 12, 2016, bringing with him experience in successful leadership for several healthcare facilities.  Effective April 11, 2018, he was named Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his position as Chief Executive Officer at Coastal Carolina Hospital.  In his new role, he takes on more operational leadership at Hilton Head Hospital, a 93-bed hospital, and is focused on driving growth in the health system’s key ancillary service lines. He also continues to lead the development of a new Freestanding Emergency Department.

Prior to coming to Coastal, Taylor served as president and administrator of the 122-bed hospital Citizens Medical Center in Talladega, Alabama, part of Tenet’s Brookwood Baptist Health.

Taylor holds a Master of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama.

Taylor, his wife Marsha, and two sons live in Bluffton, South Carolina.



Barbara Graves, RN, BSN, CNOR

Director of Surgical Services, Coastal Carolina Hospital

Barbara Graves was appointed Director of Surgical Services for Coastal Carolina Hospital, a 41-bed hospital, in 2008, bringing extensive experience from her previous roles as an orthopedic surgical assistant and a perioperative surgical nurse.

She joined Tenet in 2002 as the Clinical Lead for the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Surgery Center where she worked until she advanced to her current role. Barbara is also responsible for wound care services at the hospital.

 One of Barbara’s proudest accomplishments at Coastal Carolina Hospital has been the development of the minimally invasive/robotic surgical services. She has enhanced surgical capabilities across multiple specialties including gynecological, urological, and general surgery through capital investments and staff training.  

Barbara was born in the Lowcountry and enjoys the people and the lifestyle. She spent her childhood in Beaufort and Ridgeland, South Carolina before moving to Bluffton where she is married with three beautiful daughters.

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

171 Fairview Road
Mooresville, NC 28117

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, a 123-bed, acute-care hospital, offers comprehensive medical services and is located just off I-77, Exit 33, in Mooresville. The medical campus includes 24-hour emergency medicine, a comprehensive center for surgical weight loss, women’s services and The Stork’s Landing Maternity Center, oncology care, and surgical services, including an orthopedic specialty center and an outpatient surgery center, with designation as an American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) Center of Excellence.

We are committed to excellence in customer service. This is evidenced the moment you walk through our front door and is demonstrated by the care and respect we give our patients, their families, and the community we serve. The physicians and staff at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center strive to bring the very best to your care – dedication, understanding, and experience.

About Dr. James Zolzer, COE Director

James G. Zolzer, MD, FACOG, and the team at Lakeshore Women’s Specialists serve residents throughout the state of North Carolina, including the towns of Mooresville, Davidson, Huntersville and Lake Norman. Dr. Zolzer graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He went on to complete his OB-GYN residency at Albany Medical Center of Union University of Albany, NY, and East Carolina University, located in Greenville, NC. The doctor also received a B.S. degree in Biology from Siena College located in Loudonville, NY.

Dr. Zolzer began practicing OB-GYN medicine in 1989 while in the U.S. Navy, which took him from North Carolina to the Philippines and Iceland. After completing his four-year agreement the Navy, Dr. Zolzer entered into private practice in 1993. Dr. Zolzer and his wife, who is a nurse, continue to further their education so that they can provide the best care possible to all patients.

He has experience working as Clinical Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine at East Carolina University, establishing two private practices and has performed numerous lectures and presentations.

Dr. Zolzer also has experience serving as Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology and on the Medical Executive Committee at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. After joining Dr. Adams in 2005, the doctors have created a family of staff members and a comfortable and friendly environment where their patients can expect the highest level of care.

Dr. Zolzer has 4 adult children and many interests outside of medicine. Call or click ‘Book Online’ to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zolzer today. , www.lakeshorewomen.com

About Brenda Burk, Director of Surgical Services

Brenda Burk, RN is a Board-Certified Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) with 30+ years in Healthcare. Brenda was born and raised in South Africa, where she received a Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery with Honors in Nursing Science and Art.

Brenda worked as a Midwife in South Africa. Brenda’s Operating Room career began in 1987 after immigrating to the USA. She became a CNOR in 2005 and a CSSM in 2018. Brenda currently works as the Director of Surgical Services at LNRMC. Brenda received a MSN in 2014.

As her Capstone project Lateral Violence in a Perioperative Setting was researched. This led to Brenda being selected as an advisory member of the ANA Professional Issues Panel on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence (2105). Brenda, a professional speaker presents at national nursing conferences on Incivility in Nursing.

Brenda is passionate about all things surgical and represents Community Health Systems on the HealthTrust Surgery Advisory Board.www.lakeshorewomen.com

AdventHealth Daytona Beach

301 Memorial Medical Parkway
Daytona Beach, FL 32117

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a comprehensive, full service, acute care community hospital located in Daytona Beach and the 81-bed Oceanside campus in Ormond Beach, Florida.
It is part of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant, not-for-pro t hospital system in America. The 327-bed hospital

is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


In 1967, we began serving east Volusia County as Ormond Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital Peninsula. Both facilities joined Adventist Health System in 2000 and became members of the Florida Hospital family. In 2009, the main campus moved from its Ormond Beach site to a highly visible location off Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach. Renamed Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, the hospital features all private patient rooms in 718,000 square-feet of space. Read Full Description (PDF).


  • 2012 Governor’s Sterling Award
  • Accredited/National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • Accredited with commendation/Commission on Cancer since 2005
  • Accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncologists (ACRO).
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (Peninsula Rehabilitation)
  • Awarded A grades/The Leapfrog Group
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence/American College of Radiology.
  • Center of Excellence for Women’s Health Surgeries/American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery.
  • First certi ed diabetes education program in Volusia County
  • Get With The Guidelines®— Gold Plus – Stroke Honor Roll Elite
  • Most preferred hospital in Volusia County since 2010/U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • National Quality Approval Seal/The Joint Commission Safest hospital in the state/Consumer Reports – 2012

About Dr. Meetesh Desai, COE Director

Dr. Desai attended college and medical school in Miami, Florida at the
The University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami. He was an administrative chief resident of OB/GYN at
Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Desai is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and
Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and
Gynecology. He is accredited by the American Institute of Minimally
Invasive Surgery (www.AIMIS.org).Dr. Desai is the chief of surgery at
AdventHealth Daytona Beach.

Outside of work Dr. Desai enjoys spending time with his wife and two
children. He enjoys golfing, playing soccer and running.

Becky Vernon, RNC, BSN – Regional Director of Women & Children’s Services

April 2008 – present – Director for Women & Children’s Services at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach

Dec 2002 – 2008 – Nurse Manager for Labor & Delivery and Perinatal High Risk Unit at Florida Hospital, Orlando

1997 – 2002 – Assistant Nurse Manager for Labor & Delivery at Florida Hospital, Orlando

1987 – 1997 – RN Staff nurse in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and Perinatal High Risk at Florida Hospital, Orlando

1986 – 1987 – LPN Staff nurse in Labor & Delivery, postpartum and scrub tech for OB surgeries

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