“This designation is recognition of Samaritan’s commitment to offering patients a high-quality surgical experience using the most advanced technology available,” said Larry Mullins, DHA, president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services. “Our extensive experience with the da Vinci Surgical System allows us to train future surgeons both locally and around the country through a customized training program that shares our best practices for patient outcomes.”
Selection criteria for the Epicenter designation is based on multiple factors, including a dedicated robotics team and surgeons who demonstrate a mastery of skills through their performance of bariatric and general surgery procedures with excellent patient outcomes, demonstration of minimally invasive surgery techniques, and the ability and willingness to teach their peers to perform robotic surgery.
Robotic-assisted surgery is the next phase in the evolution of minimally invasive surgery,” said Donald Yarbrough, MD, bariatric surgeon and Epicenter chairman. “Procedures performed with a daVinci robot require smaller incisions and are less painful, which lead to faster recovery and return to regular activity for patients. Some procedures can be performed through a single incision and the technological features enable surgeons to perform complicated operations with higher precision.”
“This designation is attributed to the great people working on our surgical teams and the successful outcomes they have achieved with robotic-assisted surgery,” said Mullins. “Visiting physicians can come to Samaritan, see the teamwork and successes firsthand and realize they can offer this important surgical option to their patients at their own hospitals.”
For more information about the Samaritan Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program, visit samhealth.org/Robotics.