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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, Exclusive Regional Market Leader in Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery, Acquires Second da Vinci Surgical System November 10, 2015

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, the region’s exclusive market leader in advanced robotic surgery, is proud to announce the acquisition of a second da Vinci® computer-enhanced surgical system. This acquisition furthers the health system’s transformation commitment to continually advance technologies to best serve the needs of the Southeast Texas community with high quality, lower cost care to help all residents live well.

The system’s second da Vinci surgical system, the Xi robot, will assist already skilled surgeons in the urology, general surgery and gynecology specialties by providing even greater precision and control through 3D, high-definition visualization as well as enhanced dexterity. Additionally, the da Vinci Xi System has even broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci surgical system. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. Further, the system is built on an expandable technology platform designed to accommodate a range of other current technologies in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access. The second da Vinci Xi robot will be delivered this week to the hospitals’ main operating room, and is expected to be operational by mid-October. It will complement the hospital’s first da Vinci Si robot, “Surgio” (named such by a local Southeast Texas resident), which is currently and will continue to be used by 11 skilled surgeons, and has made a difference in the lives of over 500 patients.

“The addition of a second da Vinci robot to our health system further empowers our skilled surgeons to provide the highest quality care for minimally invasive surgery options for complex urology and general surgery procedures, which were previously being performed in large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) or were being sent outside the Southeast Texas market altogether,” said Paul Trevino, CEO CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “This exclusive addition further advances our transformation commitment to lead the market in technology to best care for patients with high quality service, shorter hospital stay and quicker return to daily routines.”

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc., the leader in global technology as it relates to robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Its systems offer surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. Over the last decade, the da Vinci surgical system, made for surgeons by surgeons, has been utilized in nearly 1.5 million surgeries across the country. The system is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that significantly reduces costs and complications; it provides surgeons a highly magnified view and virtually extends the capacity of their eyesight and dexterity, which results in the most advanced, least invasive option of surgery.

“The new overhead architecture means that multi-quadrant surgery can be performed without repositioning the system, providing a tremendous advantage for surgeons, like myself, during these complex procedures,” said J. Denton Harris, MD, Urologist at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. “This addition only further enhances my ability to treat a range of surgical cases, including complex surgeries, with minimally invasive procedures, which results in even higher quality care for my patients and their families.”

CHRISTUS, the leading health care provider for the Southeast Texas region, continuously seeks out industry advancements to lead the way to better health, better healthcare and lower costs for all. As the system’s transformation continues to unfold, it will continue to look to the future to advance technology within the system to treat patients with high quality, lower cost care to help the Southeast Texas community live well.

“I’ve spent decades performing surgeries in the operating room, but the technological advances of the da Vinci Xi robot enhance my skills even further with 3D, high-definition vision and a wider range of motion,” said Kevin L. Dean, MD, General Surgeon at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. “CHRISTUS is committed to continuously advancing technology in the Southeast Texas communities, and the investment in a second surgical robot proves just that.”