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Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital Receives
Robotic Gynecologic Epicenter Designation
Dayton, OH (April 14th, 2011) —
Today, Good Samaritan Hospital announced that it has been named a robotic benign gynecologic epicenter by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the makers of the da Vinci® Si Surgical System. One of only 25 benign epicenters in the United States and one of two in the state of Ohio, Good Samaritan Hospital will now be the destination for doctors across the country to receive robotic surgery training. Dr. Bruce Bernie, Medical Director for Robotic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital will provide his expertise in managing the Good Samaritan Hospital Robotic Gynecologic Epicenter by training visiting physicians and surgeons.
"With a long history as a teaching facility, Good Samaritan has always been and continues to be committed to leading edge technology and forging paths to new and better ways of providing clinical training and quality patient care. Under Dr. Bernie’s leadership, the Robotic Gynecologic Epicenter is our newest milestone in fulfilling our mission to our community as well as to health care," stated Mark Shaker, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Good Samaritan Hospital, part of Premier Health Partners, invested approximately $2.5 million in the da Vinci® Si Surgical System believing a minimally invasive option for patients was a necessary stepping stone for furthering the quality of care offered. Beyond acquiring the necessary equipment, resources such as physical space and staff training have been dedicated to this program.
Dr. Bruce Bernie has been involved with advanced technologies in gynecology throughout his 35 years of practice. Since learning and mastering the da Vinci® robotic system in 2006, Dr. Bernie has completed more than 300 robotic surgical procedures. "With my practice at Lifestages-Samaritan Centers For Women, one of my goals is to practically eliminate abdominal surgery for women," commented Dr. Bernie. "Robotic surgery offers a minimally invasive approach, typically offering patient benefits such as less pain and scarring, diminished blood loss and shorter hospital stays. This means a woman is back to many of her of daily activities faster."
Epicenter sites are chosen for their excellence in patient outcomes, their passion for teaching, and their ability to convey to others the value for their patients. Intuitive Surgical recognized the expertise and experience of Good Samaritan surgeons and valued the hospital’s size and commitment to have better technologies, better outcomes and safety for patients in their decision to designate Good Samaritan Hospital as an epicenter location.
New da Vinci® robotic surgeons and their teams visit an epicenter site to observe cases and learn surgical techniques. Epicenter surgeons then become mentors and/or proctors for those new surgeons in their learning journey. Even after surgeons have successfully completed their initial case series, these mentor-trainee relationships endure through discussions at scientific conferences and advanced training.
While the epicenter is focused on gynecologic procedures, the Good Samaritan robotic program will also includes general surgery and urology.
About Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital (www.goodsamdayton.org) is a provider of innovative health-care services in Dayton, Ohio. The 574-bed hospital is a full-service teaching facility that delivers high quality care in cardiovascular, cancer, and orthopedic services, as well as advanced diagnostics and women’s health services. It offers outpatient treatment, rehabilitation, diagnostics and other services through its Good Samaritan North Health Center and Good Samaritan Health Center – Huber Heights locations, and advanced cardiovascular care at Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan. The hospital has been awarded seven gold seal certifications from the Joint Commission – more than any hospital in Ohio – for its outstanding programs, including for heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, breast cancer, total hip and knee replacement, and stroke care. The hospital recently was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence(TM) for the 4th consecutive year by HealthGrades (2011). GSH was also ranked in the top 10% in the nation for pulmonary (5 years in a row) and critical care (3 years in a row) and best in Dayton for joint replacement surgery (3 years in a row). These recognitions reflect the strength and talent of its staff of 600 physicians and 3,000 employees who are committed to excellence and to building a healthier community. Good Samaritan Hospital, along with Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center, is a member of the Premier Health Partners system.
Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women
Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women is a nationally recognized medical practice focused on clinical excellence, technological innovation and a comprehensive approach to health care for women of all ages. With a group of 8 physicians, 4 midwives and a nurse practitioner, they provide obstetric, gynecological and health promotion services, that focus on giving patients the quality care they want and deserve. Lifestages — Samaritan Centers For Women has five convenient locations in Dayton, Englewood, Huber Heights and Trotwood, along with our newest location in Centerville.
To make an appointment or to get additional information about Lifestages, please call the office at (937) 277-8988 or 1-888-808-1016 or visit www.lifestagescenters.com
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