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The Surgical Learning Institute Opens its Doors in Napa Valley




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Joshua Cowan, St. Helena Hospital

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April 26, 2012, St. Helena, CA 

The Surgical Learning Institute Opens its Doors in Napa Valley.

St. Helena Hospital opened the new Surgical Learning Institute, Napa Valley, presenting its first surgical training program on Friday, March 30th. Forty-three surgeons and allied health professionals gathered from around the nation to participate in the MAKOplasty® Surgeon Masters Course. Produced by MAKO Surgical Corp. and hosted by the Institute, the collaborative learning program focused on advanced robotic orthopedic surgical techniques as taught by surgeons of the Coon Joint Replacement Institute.

The Coon Joint Replacement Institute has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review in its nationwide list "60 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs," highlighting the availability of advanced technologies such as MAKO’s RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Surgeon Thomas Coon, MD has been featured nationally for his pioneering expertise in orthopedics. Coon Joint Replacement Institute also offers a fellowship program, which provides training on robotic and minimally invasive joint replacement procedures to surgeons.

Designed to educate surgeons on the latest surgical techniques, the Surgical Learning Institute is a high definition network that includes a conference center with connectivity to two surgical suites located in the Trinchero Surgical Center at St. Helena Hospital. There surgeons use the most advanced minimally-invasive and robotic-assisted techniques to perform joint replacements, including the QuadSparing™ total knee arthroplasty pioneered by Dr. Coon. It is also a key location that offers MAKOplasty® robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing. Using the latest standards in collaborative multimedia education, such as teleconferencing, live streaming, high definition display, and the integrated Karl Storz OR1 technology of the surgical suites, the system allows surgeons at distant locations to teach interactively in real time.

"The Surgical Learning Institute, Napa Valley is an expression of St. Helena Hospital’s commitment to surgical excellence," says Jon May, St. Helena Hospital Global Services Officer. "This network is the backbone of the Institute’s distance learning program. With this technology in place, our surgeons can now teach and mentor anywhere in the world, without geographical limitations, to help the global community live younger longer."

About St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley:


The St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly


20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the health values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 18 acute care hospitals, more than 135 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.