SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) announced earlier today that it is moving forward with the purchase of a da Vinci Robotic Suite, making it the first OR suite outfitted with the robotics equipment along the I-35 Corridor between Austin and San Antonio. This $2 million investment will bring state-of-the-art surgery procedures to Hays County as early as next month. Area residents will have a chance to get a sneak peek and actually test drive the device themselves at CTMC’s annual HealthCheck Screening and Health Fair this tomorrow, April 26 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, San Marcos.
|CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt introduces the da Vinci robot at a reception that was held in April 2012.
The da Vinci® Si™ advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. The system has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room for the physicians who are utilizing the rapidly emerginimgg technology. Many of the advances translate to patient benefits, including smaller incisions that lead to less stress on the body, reduced chances of infection and faster recovery times post surgery.
“These technological advancements provide our surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures,” said Sam Huenergardt CTMC president and CEO. “We sincerely believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si System will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery.”
This acquisition furthers CTMC’s commitment to Hays county and beyond. Over the past few years, CTMC’s parent, Adventist Health System (AHS), has invested nearly $50 million dollars in upgrades, renovations and expansions at its San Marcos-based hospital, including a $7 million upgrade and expansion of the hospital’s OR suites in 2010. Celebration Health, one of CTMC’s sister hospitals within AHS, currently operates the largest Robotic Surgery Institute in the United States.
The da Vinci OR suite is being used throughout the country for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair, gallbladder and colorectal surgery.
Robotics is the fastest growing surgery type, with an increase of 400 percent during the past 4 years. The da Vinci Robotic Suite will first be used by OB/GYN surgeons on CTMC’s Medical Staff. Dr. Terry Irwin is leading the charge for CTMC’s robotics service.
"Our organization has been working with CTMC and other healthcare companies in the area to grow and enhance the healthcare industry presence in Hays County. This significant investment by CTMC provides opportunities for our residents to receive state-of-the-art medical care and enhances the skill set of our workforce," said Will Conley, chairman of the Greater San Marcos Partnership.
Staying on the leading edge of healthcare advancements and technology is a challenge for any healthcare provider, but it is an important component in building a strong local economy. “CTMC, one of the largest healthcare employers in our region, continues to lead by investing in technology that ensures residents have superior surgery and aftercare services in their own backyard,” said Amy Madison, President, Greater San Marcos Partnership. “We salute them for their initiative,” she added.
Following the Community Preview of the da Vinci device at HealthCheck, CTMC will begin its official implementation of the da Vinci program the first week in May with the first case tentatively set to be performed by Dr. Irwin at CTMC later in the month.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County and received the San Marcos Chamber’s Green Business Award for its innovative, green efforts.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.