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New Premier Health Partners Initiative Offers Unique Training and Certification in Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery at Miami Valley Hospital

Dayton, Ohio (August 8, 2012) - A new era in robotic surgery education will begin this fall with the opening of the Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. An initiative of Premier Health Partners, the new educational center will explore potential applications of the emerging technology and educate physicians and allied medical staff on its use.  

Robotic surgery offers patients a much less physically stressful surgical experience, including a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss and quicker recovery time. Robotic surgery is used in treating various forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, urology, bariatric and GYN procedures. The center was made possible by a generous gift from Robert H. Brethen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celstar Group, Inc., a Dayton-based holding company. Mr. Brethen’s gift was made through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

“With more experience in robotic surgery than any other system in the region, we are thrilled to take this technology to the next level with an educational center,” said Bobbie Gerhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Miami Valley Hospital. “Our physicians have wanted to expand our robotic capabilities for some time. This simply would not have happened without the generous gift from Bob Brethen for which we are very grateful.”

“It is a pleasure to help the hospital provide enhanced, innovative medical care for people throughout the region,” Mr. Brethen said. ”Robotic surgery is not available in every city so I want patients to know that this new, less stressful form of surgery is available now at Miami Valley Hospital. In addition, the training provided at the new center will help expand this technology for patients across the country and around the world.”

“The Brethen Center will benefit surgeons throughout the Premier Health Partners network and Wright State University residents by offering local training and certification in robotics and other evolving surgical advancements,” said Mary Boosalis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Premier Health Partners.

The technology available at the Brethen Center will allow physicians to be both trained and certified in robotic surgery, setting this center apart from others in the area. A dual console robot, digitally connected to the operating room, will allow real time training. Additional simulations will be available for many specialties. OB-GYN and surgical residents will graduate having already received robotic training. The new center will be overseen by an advisory panel of Premier Health Partners’ physicians who are currently providing robotic services.  

“From a surgeon’s point of view this is not only a marvelous opportunity for patients but also for physicians and clinical staff who will be assisting with robotic surgery,” according to Keith Watson, MD. “Bob Brethen’s gift provides the beginning of what we will be able to do in specialized training and education for surgeons, medical students, residents, nursing and operating room staff.”

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery (both laparoscopic and robotic) is done through very small incisions. Using specialized techniques and equipment, MVH surgeons are able to perform surgery through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close. Robotic surgery gives the surgeon an improved 3-D view and range of motion while working through these small incisions.

With robotic surgery, tiny mechanical arms are inserted into the patient. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements at a control console. The robot translates the surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tip. Similar movements also control a camera to see inside the patient's body. A surgical team at the patient’s side supervises the robotic arms.