Howard Young Medical Center Announces the Arrival of the Newest Technology in Robotic Surgery: da V

(Woodruff) – Ministry Health Care is pleased to introduce the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System to the Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) operating room and to the patients we serve. Ministry’s robotic surgery program is the first of its kind in the Northwoods.

The da Vinci® Surgical System was purchased through the efforts of the Howard Young Foundation, generous donations from the community, medical staff and employees of HYMC and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. Ministry Health Care will also provide supplementary support to sustain the program.

Physicians are now able to practice minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery in Woodruff, eliminating the need for patients and their families to travel outside the region.

The da Vinci® system enables surgeons to operate in a minimally invasive environment, performing surgeries that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve.  Many kinds of surgery are now being performed using the da Vinci® system including procedures in urology, gynecology, and general surgery.  Adoption of this robotic technology will

•    Improve quality and efficiency of care delivery
•    Help retention and recruitment of physician specialists including: Urologists, General Surgeons, Gynecologists and Otolaryngologists (ENT);
•    Improve the patient experience with better outcomes and faster recovery times

Ministry Howard Young Health Care President, Sheila Clough, said the da Vinci® Surgical System gives patients in the Northwoods and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan access to a technology that previously required significant travel to obtain. “We believe that the state-of-the-art features of the da Vinci® Surgical System will help us provide significantly improved outcomes for our patients. This investment is proof of our commitment to providing the Northwoods access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery.”

This acquisition complements Ministry’s goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. The da Vinci® Surgical System can be used for a multitude of surgeries, including, but not limited to: procedures in urology, gynecology, prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, colorectal surgery and general surgery. Patients from the Northwoods have been required to travel to Wausau or Marshfield for robotic surgery procedures.

“Having a da Vinci® in the Northwoods will benefit patients in our community,” said Marshfield Clinic Urologist, Matthew Thomas, MD, who used to travel 70 miles or more to perform procedures using a da Vinci® Surgical System. “Now patients in the Northwoods won’t have to travel so far, or be away from their home and families during a very stressful time in their life. We’re excited about the future of minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery, including urology, in our area with the addition of this technology.”

For the past three years the Foundation, along with the physicians, and employees of the Ministry Howard Young Health Care system, has worked hard to build a philanthropic base of support in the community. The generous support of all three groups made it possible for this project to come together in a very short period of time. Without philanthropy, the investment in the da Vinci® would not have been possible.

Howard Young Foundation, Inc., Chairman, Trig Solberg, is honored that the Foundation was able to play a major role in bringing the da Vinci® to Woodruff. “This is a great day for health care in the Northwoods,” he said. “By acquiring a da Vinci® Surgery System, we’re not only investing in the latest equipment, we’re investing in our employees, and the health and well-being of all those who live, work and vacation in our great community. Through the effective stewardship of the generous charitable gifts we receive, the Foundation is able to ensure the delivery of superior health care to patients and their families in the Northwoods.”

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