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Atrium Medical Center Acquires Surgical Robot

Middletown, Ohio, March 29, 2010 – Atrium Medical Center is expanding its surgical options with the addition of a surgical robot. The new da Vinci Si HD system will enable surgeons to perform complex surgeries through smaller incisions that can result in shorter hospital stays, reduced pain and faster recovery time for patients.

“We’re thrilled to add this new technology to our array of surgical services,” says Douglas W. McNeill, president and CEO of Atrium Medical Center. “The addition of a surgical robot gives our patients a new choice for minimally invasive surgery that can get them back to their lives faster than ever before.”

The da Vinci robot gives surgeons a high definition, three-dimensional view of the operating area. With the ability to magnify images up to 10 times, surgeons have an enhanced view of delicate structures, allowing them to more easily preserve important nerve function and perform complex tissue reconstruction.

“Robot-assisted surgery combines the knowledge and skill of the surgeon with precision instrument control and 3-D optics that maximize visualization,” states David C. Miller, MD, urologist and member of the Atrium Medical Center medical staff. “For a patient undergoing a urologic procedure, this surgical precision and the smaller incisions can result in significantly less blood loss, reduced pain, faster recovery time and potentially fewer surgical side effects than traditional open surgery.”

In robot-assisted surgery the surgeon sits at a console a few feet away from the patient. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon controls the robot’s arms that hold the surgical tools. The surgical system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements at the console into precise movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. A surgical team at the patient’s side supervises the robotic arms.

Atrium Medical Center Foundation currently is raising $500,000 to fund one quarter of the robot’s purchase price as part of the “Imagine a Cure” campaign to expand and enhance cancer care at the medical center. Atrium Auxiliary Middletown made the lead gift of $100,000 for the robot. Middletown residents Pat and Karen Piccioni are co-chairing the campaign.

“On behalf of the patients who will benefit from this exciting new technology, I thank the Foundation, the Auxiliary and the Piccionis for their roles in bringing the robot to Atrium Medical Center,” McNeill says.

Atrium will start using the robot for urologic procedures, like prostatectomies, beginning in early April. Over time, additional procedures will be available using the da Vinci system.