Hospital Unveils New Robotic Surgery Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Humility of Mary Health Partners unveiled its new St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center, which is part of a larger renovation project. The cosmetic upgrades to the unit are estimated at $125,000 and came on the heels of a $2.5 million investment in surgical equipment earlier this year.

The newly renovated unit is located at the top floor of St. Elizabeth Health Center and includes spacious, private rooms for patients recovering from robot-assisted surgical procedures. Renovations included the conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms, the installation of new carpets, paint, wall coverings, signage and artwork, as well as new window treatments and furnishings.

"The space improvements were planned to provide a modern, comfortable and healing environment that correlates with the state-of-the-art technology to provide the best care for our patients," said Wayne Tennant, CHFM, CHC, CHSP, CHEP,
EDAC, vice president, support services, Humility of Mary Health Partners

The center will offer robot-assisted surgery, which is one of the most advanced treatment options available for patients requiring surgery. Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is designed to result in less pain, blood loss and scarring, as well as a shorter recovery time.

"Minimally invasive surgery is something we believe very strongly in here at St. Elizabeth because it is better for our patients. This new unit, with its large, private rooms, will make our robotic surgery patients’ experiences here even more pleasant," said Don Koenig, HMHP executive vice president of operations.

In 2007, St. Elizabeth Health Center introduced the da Vinci Surgical System, which at the time, was limited to urological procedures. Since then, the program has expanded to include general, thoracic and gynecological procedures.

St. Elizabeth Health Center is the only level-one trauma center between Pittsburgh, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, that is authorized and equipped to also treat pediatric patients.

The hospital’s cardiac, vascular and emergency services have been recognized nationally as among the best in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth and, its brother hospital, St. Joseph were the first hospitals in Ohio to achieve Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing.

The Magnet Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing is based and administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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