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Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center among first to acquire Da Vinci 5 multiport robotic surgical system

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | April 11, 2024 Operating Room
Among the first in the northeast to implement surgical telepresence technology using the da Vinci Single Port system (2022).
Becoming the first hospital in the nation to perform 1,000 single port robotic surgery procedures (2023).

Perform 25,000 robotic surgeries - putting the Hackensack University Medical Center in the top 1% of hospitals in the country that have achieved this milestone (2023).
"Across our network, we are committed to using the most advanced technology to improve the surgical experience for our patients," said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. "The da Vinci 5 represents the next chapter in our robotic surgery journey, and we are proud to be among the first in the world to offer this game-changing robotic surgery option to our patients."

The da Vinci 5 system will be used by surgeons in the fields of Gynecology, Urology, Thoracic, General Surgery, Barriatrics and Colorectal. The system is housed in the hospital's Helena Theurer Pavilion on the campus of Hackensack University Medical Center. The Pavilion is a state of the art nine-story surgical care tower - one of the largest and most advanced hospital expansions in the nation - it opened to the public in January of 2023 and embodies the mission of Hackensack Meridian Health - to use the latest technology to transform healthcare and to be the leader of positive change.

"At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are continually investing in technology that benefits our patients, advances our capabilities and enhances the care we provide," explained Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, President & Chief Hospital Executive of Hackensack University Medical Center and President, North Region, Hackensack Meridian Health. "Our reputation for robotic surgery excellence, combined with our team's commitment to advancing robotic surgery, has enabled us to be among the first in the world to acquire and use the da Vinci 5, and that translates to increased robotic surgery options and access for patients in the communities we serve."

Patients may experience benefits that include:

Decreased blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
Less risk of infection
Less pain after surgery
Smaller external and internal scars
Shorter hospital stay
Faster recovery

Hackensack University Medical Center, an 803-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was Bergen County's first hospital founded in 1888. It is also the first hospital in New Jersey and third in the nation to become a Magnet®-recognized hospital for nursing excellence, receiving its seventh consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2024. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center is the #1 hospital in New Jersey according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2022-2023 Best Hospitals list. In addition to being ranked the top hospital in New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #6 overall in the New York Metropolitan area as well as being home to the John Theurer Cancer Center, a premier cancer center in New Jersey. Hackensack University Medical Center has the best, nationally-ranked programs in New Jersey in Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery (#42), Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (#24), and Geriatrics (#36). It is also the only New Jersey hospital nationally ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery (#22) and Urology (#27). The hospital is also nationally ranked in Orthopedics (#33). Hackensack University Medical Center is also recognized for 18 high-performing procedures and conditions. Named to Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2024 list, Hackensack University Medical Center is also the recipient of the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades as well as an "A" Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This award-winning care is provided on a campus that is home to facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion, which houses the Donna A. Sanzari Women's Hospital and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Children's Hospital Report. Hackensack University Medical Center is listed on the Green Guide's list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. The hospital's comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. In 2023, the hospital completed the largest healthcare expansion project ever approved by the state: construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a 530,000-sq.-ft., nine-story building housing 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capability, 50 ICU beds, and 175 medical/surgical beds including a 50 room Musculoskeletal Institute.

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