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Adventist Health Portland Celebrates Addition of Second Da Vinci Surgical System


Members of the leadership and surgery teams at Adventist Health Portland cut the ribbon for a new da Vinci Surgical System earlier this month.

“Having a second da Vinci will allow more patients faster access to minimally invasive surgery options,” says Helen Watt, director of perioperative services. “It really opens up our surgery schedule so patients aren’t waiting as long for surgery, or undergoing more invasive surgery when they don’t have to.”

The da Vinci robot allows surgeons to make incisions that are less than an inch long. They then use the robot to maneuver cameras and surgical instruments to perform procedures without creating large incisions.

Robotic-assisted procedures currently include heart surgery, hysterectomy, prostatectomy and virtually scarless surgeries.

Pictured: Members of the surgery department and executives from Adventist Health Portland celebrate the deployment of a second da Vinci surgical robot at the medical center. From left: Jason Panasuk, finance executive; Christina Shearer, RN, manager; Julie Smith, RN, nurse lead, perioperative services, Adam Lee, business development executive; Ryland Stucke, MD, Helen Watt, director, perioperative services; Kyle King, president.