SAN MARCOS, TX
|Left to right: Adri Vasquez, RN; Jose Morin, First Assistant; Dr Teri Irwin; Kim Auito, Surgical Tech; Troy Dillon, RN
– When Dr. Teri Irwin performed the first da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedure at CTMC on May 22, the hospital set a goal to complete 100 operations within 12 months. Just under six months later, the 100th case took place on Nov. 20, with more in the queue for 2012.
“Surgeons are very complimentary of the OR team at CTMC and say they actually prefer to bring their patients here because of their accuracy and team effort,” said CTMC Director of Surgical Services Don Dionisi.
CTMC is the first OR suite outfitted with the robotics equipment along the I-35 Corridor between Austin and San Antonio.
“One major advantage that our robot at CTMC has over the older robot versions in Austin and San Antonio is that we have the latest and greatest technology in our Si model,” Dionisi said.
The da Vinci® Si™ advanced level of technology provides surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.
The number of da Vinci procedures at CTMC is expected to exceed 130 by February. Currently, the hospital has seven surgeons performing robotic-assisted procedures with more in training. The first case at CTMC was an OB/GYN operation, but CTMC’s da Vinci surgery program expanded to include urological and general surgical operations as well. In mid-December, the hospital is slated to perform its first single-site robotic procedure, which uses only one small incision to complete surgery as opposed to four. Proceeds from this year’s Stars of Texas Gala are funding the purchase of the single-site arm for the da Vinci robot.
The da Vinci® Si™ advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Besides minimal scarring, da Vinci offers several other patient benefits, including reduced chances of infection and faster recovery times post surgery.
CTMC completed its latest Joint Commission survey in Oct., and the physician surveyor was very complimentary of CTMC’s surgical services staff while observing actual patient care procedures in CTMC’s surgical suites.
For more information on robotic surgery at CTMC, visit www.ctmc.org.
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
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.