daVinci cuts its own ribbon at SCH event

Published 06/19/2018

Visitors and staff get a surgeon’s-eye-view of the newest technology used by South County Health’s surgical team

da Vinci Ribbon Cutting
(l-r) Hugh “Mac” McGillivray, OR clinical coordinator; Karen Valleco, RN, surgical services director; Lisa Rameaka, MD, VP, CMO; Joseph Renzulli II, MD, chief of urology; Joseph Brady, MD, general surgeon; and Lou Giancola, president/CEO.


South County Hospital introduced the latest member of its surgical team, the daVinci Xi robot, giving staff and visitors an up close look at robotic-assisted technology.

With the actual model used at South County Hospital for surgical procedures kept in the sterile environment of the operating room, a working demonstration model was brought in by the manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical. Throughout the day, anyone who was curious could sit in the surgeon’s chair and maneuver the robotic arms and attachments as the surgeons do. For this demonstration, daVinci was used to perform functions such as fold and unfold a five dollar bill, manipulate rubber rings on and off finger-like protrusions, and pick up a coin from a plexiglass surface.

Marking its official introduction to the public, the daVinci robot was used to cut its own ribbon.

The daVinci Xi robotic arm assisted system was installed at South County Hospital in March. After technicians and operating room staff completed a thorough set-up and trial period with the system, the first surgical procedure on a patient was successfully completed on Thursday, May 31.

The system is proven to be more precise in open and laparoscopic procedures, allowing for better patient outcomes and faster recoveries, bringing surgical capabilities at South County Hospital to a higher level of patient care. It will be used in a variety of urologic and general surgeries performed by chief of urology, Joseph Renzulli II, MD, and general surgeon, Joseph Brady, MD. Other members of the South County Health surgical team have already been selected to receive training to use the daVinci system.