LIMA — Not only is Mercy Health-St. Rita’s celebrating its 100 anniversary this year, but it is also expanding its general medical education and acquired a new surgical robot and surgical room.
This month, the facility will offer a family medicine residency clinic, where medical students across the country will be able to complete three years of medical training. This will be the second residency offered at the hospital, in addition to podiatry.
St. Rita’s Medical Center President Dale Gisi said that the hospital is working a multi-year project to ultimately offer residencies for medical students going into internal medicine, emergency medicine and surgical medicine.
In addition to the expansion, the hospital acquired its third surgical robot in August 2017. The hospital now has two da Vinci XI robots and a da Vinci SI system. The da Vinci Si system will be placed in the new surgical room in the Mercy Health-Ambulatory Surgery Center, which is expected to be fully operational by June.
“We will be one of a handful of organizations to offer robotic surgery in an outpatient ambulatory surgery center,” Gisi said. “As procedures have evolved and technology has evolved, we will be able to provide these services and minimally invasive services in an outpatient setting, which our patients tend to prefer, being able to have procedures done in a boutique setting that caters to that same-day environment.”
The surgical robot will allow doctors such as Dr. Craig A. Nicholson to perform single-quadrant gall bladder, prostate, hysterectomy and hernia surgeries. The procedures last approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and patients are permitted to return home shortly after.
“We are excited about the new robots, and we are excited about the capacity that it builds within our main operation room to expand some our strategic service lines of cardiovascular and neurology surgeries,” Gisi said.
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