Mercy Robotics Program is Growing

March 12, 2013

Dr. Henry Ramirez uses Ardmore's surgical robot

ARDMORE, Okla. – Mercy Hospital Ardmore is the newest member of the Mercy Robotics program with the recent addition of a surgical robot. Over the past year this program, previously available only in larger hospital markets, benefitted over 1,600 Mercy patients.

“Without the support of Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation (SOMF), bringing this technology to Ardmore would have been next to impossible,” said Randy Jobe, interim president of Mercy Hospital Ardmore. “Their contribution of 50 percent of the total cost was absolutely essential in getting the surgical robot here. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Pairing the technology’s ability to duplicate the surgeon’s precise movements in miniature detail, making them even more exact, with the high-definition, 3-D image views during the operation provides a robotic surgery system that is the one of the most advanced surgical platforms available.

For the patient this means a minimally invasive surgery with less pain, reduced blood loss, less scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.

“For patients who qualify to have a robotic procedure, this new technology is second to none – the decrease in length of hospital stay and speedy recovery are great benefits,” said Dr. Henry Ramirez, obstetrician/gynecologist at Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health. “Giving our southern Oklahoma patients access to technology previously unavailable without travel expense and time away from home and work allows our area residents care that is not standard in most smaller communities.”


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