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September 25, 2017
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ST. MARY’S HEALTHCARE - FIRST HOSPITAL IN REGION TO RECEIVE NEWEST MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY SYSTEM

 

AMSTERDAM, NY (July 16, 2014) — St. Mary’s Healthcare has strengthened its position as a technology and minimally invasive surgery leader by becoming the first regional hospital — and the 12th in the nation — to take delivery ofphotoa the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

 

The four-armed surgical robot, which arrived at the hospital June 30, utilizes advanced computer and optical technologies to aid surgeons with their operations. It can be used for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery.

 

“It is highly unusual for a community hospital to make this kind of investment,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Vic Giulianelli. “However, we are taking this step to ensure that Mohawk Valley residents no longer have to drive elsewhere to obtain world class care.

 

“In purchasing this system on the heels of last year’s Renaissance™ spinal robotic surgical guidance system, St. Mary’s Healthcare is also furthering its reputation as a leader in minimally invasive surgery,” added Giulianelli.

 

“With the Xi, our surgeons can reduce the size of incisions to 8.5mm, which decreases the amount of tissue damage during surgery,” noted Ronald Marsh, MD, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “As a result, patients will experience less pain and recover more quickly.”

 

photobThe da Vinci Surgical Systems, which have been around for more than a decade, provide patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures.

 

A technological leap from the previous three versions, the new model creates a more natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands.  Thinner robotic arms bend and rotate to mimic the movements of a surgeon’s wrist, which allow for smaller, more precise movements inside a patient’s body.  The system also features 3D-HD video, giving surgeons superior visualization of the area he/she is operating on.

 

On Friday, July 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the cafeteria, members of the community are invited to place themselves in the surgeon’s seat and “test drive” the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. They will also be able to ask questions to highly trained surgeons about the benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures.  

 

For more information about the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, visit http://intuitivesurgical.com/company/media/videos/systems/

 

For additional information about St. Mary’s Healthcare, visit http://www.smha.org/.

 

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About St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam

St. Mary’s Healthcare features an award-winning acute care hospital, primary and specialty care centers throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties, more than 30 behavioral health services for persons in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties, a full continuum of physical rehabilitation services and a 160-bed nursing home. The organization has earned exceptional national rankings forexcellence in medicine and has a continuing commitment to provide an exceptional patient experience. For more information about St. Mary’sHealthcare, call (518) 842-1900 or visit us online at www.smha.org. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/smha.org. St. Mary’s Healthcare is a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit Catholic healthcare network in the world.

 

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PHOTO A:  St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam has strengthened its position as a technology and minimally invasive surgery leader by becoming the first regional hospital to take delivery of the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  The four-armed surgical robot, which arrived at the hospital June 30, utilizes advanced computer and optical technologies to aid surgeons with their operations. It can be used for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. Members of the public are invited to "test drive" the system at an open house Friday, July 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the cafeteria.

 

PHOTO B: Dr. Ronald Marsh, FACS, a general surgeon at St. Mary's Healthcare (shown here with Theresa DeCarlo, RN, director of surgical services), will be on hand to answer questions about the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System at an open house Friday, July 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria.  Dr. Marsh will be joined by St. Mary’s President and CEO Vic Giulianelli.  The four-armed surgical robot utilizes advanced computer and optical technologies to aid surgeons with their operations. It can be used for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. Members of the public are invited to come and "test drive" the system.