Community Medical Center Achieves Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery Accreditation

Excellence in Robotic Surgery Accreditation SealMay 17, 2018, Toms River, NJ - Community Medical Center has achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). A Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery accreditation distinguishes Community Medical Center from other facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Community Medical Center has met nationally recognized standards. Not all healthcare organizations seek accreditation and not all that undergo the rigorous on-site inspection process are granted accreditation.

Community Medical Center’s Robotic Surgery program was the first of its kind in the region and is staffed by highly skilled surgeons with over a decade of experience in robotic surgery procedures. Surgeons use robotic surgery for gynecology gyn/oncology, urology, general and colorectal surgical procedures.

“Receiving this designation as a Center of Excellence is a testament to the highly skilled surgeons who perform robotic surgery at Community Medical, Center,” said Michael Mimoso, MHSA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center. “Through their commitment to patient safety and quality, the program has grown substantially and reflects their commitment to providing our patients with cutting edge technology to improve the care of patients requiring surgery.”

Community Medical Center features two daVinci Robotic Surgical platforms, including the latest generation daVinci Xi. The robotic surgery team includes 16 Board Certified surgeons and highly specialized nurses and operating room technicians.

“I am extremely proud the Robotic Surgery Program at Community Medical Center has earned this national recognition for the care provided,” said Steven Lowry, Program Director of the, Robotic Surgery Program, Community Medical Center. “Undergoing this extremely rigorous survey process validates the exceptional care being provided by our surgeons and robotic surgery team. Patients can feel comfortable seeking care at Community Medical Center knowing it is one of only three programs in New Jersey to have achieved this accreditation.”

Health care organizations seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site inspection. This process includes physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

Robotic surgery is minimally invasive surgery where a computer is positioned between the surgeon’s hands and the tips of microinstruments, giving surgeons the control, range of motion and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery. The techniques allow the surgeon to operate through several small incisions about the size of a dime. Patients undergoing a robotic surgery procedure experience significantly less pain, less loss of blood, fewer side effects, less scarring, shorter recovery period and a faster return to normal activities.

The robot cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. It relies on the expertise of a skilled surgeon, requiring that every surgical maneuver be performed with direction from the surgeon.

In addition to offering two daVinci robotic surgery platforms, Community Medical Center features the region’s only Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery system used by orthopedic surgeons for joint replacement surgery including, total hip and knee replacements and partial knee replacement surgery.

About Community Medical Center
Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is dedicated to advancing the quality of life and health of the greater Ocean County region. Community Medical Center is a fully accredited acute care hospital and maintains national accreditations in multiple specialty areas. Highly sophisticated services, not typically found in a community hospital, include advanced cancer, cardiac, emergency, maternity and neurology care, as well as cutting edge surgical care. Patients have access to advanced technology including the daVinci Xi robotic surgical platform, Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System for joint replacement procedures and state-of-the-art imaging technology. In addition, the cancer center features one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy, a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors and holistic therapies to care for the whole person. Community Medical Center provides a broad array of health and wellness programs designed to help people achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles and optimal health. Visit rwjbh.org/community for more information.

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