Second robot added
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz has added a second da Vinci Xi surgical robot, to meet a growing demand for its surgical services.
Robotic surgeries performed at the hospital include general surgery, urology, gynecology and gynecological oncology.
The hospital in 2021 performed 533 robotic surgeries, by 11 surgeons.
“Over the past year, we’ve nearly doubled our robotic surgery volume,” said Hannah Denton, St. Joseph’s operating room nurse manager, in a news release.
“Having one robot with our high volume of cases was beginning to cause an extended wait time for patients to be scheduled for surgery,” said Denton.
Denton added that the “increased surgical time and availability with two robotic systems continues to build our relationships within the physician groups as well as the community.”
The da Vinci surgical robot provides superior dexterity, enhanced vision and improved surgical access compared to conventional minimally invasive surgery or traditional open surgery.
For more information about robotic surgery, visit StJosephsNorthRobotics.org.
New unit for COVID
AdventHealth Carrollwood has announced plans to modernize an existing patient care unit, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, to provide the highest level of care for patients with COVID-19, according to a news release.
The unit conversion is part of an $11.9 million investment that is jointly funded by AdventHealth and Hillsborough County, and will strengthen the hospital’s ability to respond to future COVID surges, the release says.
The 10,680-square-foot space for the dedicated COVID unit will be located on an existing unit in the hospital, and will be equipped with technological and structural advancments to assist staff in providing elevated care for COVID patients.
Some of the additions will include:
- Converting 25 private patient rooms to provide increased infection control and further enhance the nationally recognized safety features at the facility
- Outfitting all 25 patient rooms with negative pressure to reduce exposure to airborne illnesses
- Improving monitoring capabilities that will allow team members to streamline care more efficiently and safely
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