Swedish/Edmonds Begins Offering Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Community

Swedish/Edmonds Begins Offering Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Community

EDMONDS, WASH., Nov. 18, 2011 – Swedish today announced the newest addition to its family of latest-generation da Vinci Surgical Systems, bringing the total to six robots across the non-profit’s health-care system. The newest da Vinci Si HD system robot, located at the Swedish/Edmonds campus, will provide surgeons with more precision and dexterity over existing surgical approaches, helping improve patient treatment and reduce recovery time.

As one of the first medical centers in the region to perform robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is home to the fastest growing and most experienced robotic-assisted surgical program in the Pacific Northwest. The multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted surgical program was first established at Swedish in 2005. Since then, Swedish-affiliated surgeons have performed more than 4,000 procedures using the multi-specialty da Vinci Surgical System, more than any other robotic-assisted surgical program in the region.

Swedish-affiliated surgeons are using the da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive urological, gynecological and thoracic surgeries for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer, as well as to assist in complex gynecologic reconstruction surgeries. Swedish-affiliated surgeons are also using the da Vinci Surgical System to perform bariatric, colorectal, head and neck procedures, as well as pediatric urology cases.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Swedish/Edmonds

At Swedish/Edmonds, surgeons are using the robotic-assisted system to perform minimally invasive urological and gynecological surgeries. Brian Fong, M.D., a Swedish-affiliated surgeon performed the first urology case at the hospital last week.

“The staff at Swedish/Edmonds were well-prepared and effective,” said Dr. Fong, an experienced robotic-assisted surgeon from Western Washington Medical Group. “Because of the team’s abilities, the patient was discharged from the hospital the next day. He experienced minimal pain and we expect a quick recovery.”

“We are pleased to expand our network of da Vinci robotic-assisted technology to the south Snohomish County area and look forward to continuing to transform the surgical experience for both patients and surgeons alike,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer at Swedish/Edmonds. “We’re committed to bringing the most innovative and advanced medical technologies to our community. This is an excellent example of that commitment.”

In Celebration of the Robotic-Assisted Surgical System's Arrival at Swedish/Edmonds

To celebrate the new robot’s birthday, Swedish/Edmonds is hosting a series of open houses at the campus, which is located at 21601 76th Ave. W. in Edmonds. They are also hosting a ‘Name the Robot’ contest where members of the community are invited to submit a nickname for the robot. One lucky person will receive a $200 Visa gift card. Swedish staff and physicians, as well as the new da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system, will be available to the public on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 for informational sessions and system demonstrations. The open houses will also serve as collection points of submission forms for the naming contest. Submissions will also be accepted online starting the first week of December at Swedish’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter.  

About Swedish/Edmonds

Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of 1,200-plus. On Sept. 1, 2010 the hospital affiliated with Swedish – the largest nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. Swedish/Edmonds offers a range of services including cardiac and cancer care, obstetrics, emergency medicine, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, and services from the only inpatient mental health program in Snohomish County. In 2011, Swedish/Edmonds was one of only three hospitals in Washington state to receive the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades®, an independent health-care ratings organization. In addition to the award for clinical excellence, Swedish/Edmonds also received top, five-star ratings from HealthGrades for treatment of stroke, pneumonia and overall gastrointestinal services. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/edmonds.  

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 101 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); freestanding emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; Swedish Visiting Nurse Services; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 70 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care – including robotic-assisted surgery – Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org,  www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.  

In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fund-raising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide variety of initiatives throughout the health-care system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neuroscience, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling more than $82 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit www.campaignforswedish.org.

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