Sacred Heart Initiates New Robotic Surgery Program
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola now has the most up-to-date robotic technology with the recent addition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System with dual consoles. Robotic surgery offers surgeons greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, an enhanced view and improved access to the surgical site, as compared to traditional procedures. Benefits experienced by patients may include less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. Surgeons use the da Vinci robot while sitting nearby at a control console. Small incisions are made to insert thin surgical instruments and a high-definition, 3D camera. The surgeon views a highly magnified, 3D image of the surgical site, and the robot’s technology translates the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of da Vinci’s surgical instruments. The robotic surgical system cannot make any surgical maneuvers without the control of the surgeon. Sacred Heart’s surgical robot is currently being used to provide urology and OB/GYN services, including prostatectomy, hysterectomy and gynecologic oncology surgeries. Other procedures, including general surgery applications, will follow. Sacred Heart’s da Vinci is the only robotic surgical system in this area with capabilities for fluorescent dye tracking to help identify the location of tumors. Physicians who have participated in the robotic surgery program include Dr. Steven DeCesare, Dr. John Grammer, Dr. Brett Parra, Dr. Davinder Sekhon, as well as Dr. Sidney Stuart, who recently completed the hospital’s first da Vinci robotic surgery. These physicians were already credentialed for use of the surgical system and are providing valuable guidance to Sacred Heart’s robotic surgical team. Sacred Heart will be utilizing a best-practice implementation model designed by Intuitive, the maker of the surgical system, to ensure safety, high-quality outcomes and operational excellence as the robotic program is integrated into Perioperative Services at SHHP. For more information on robotic surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, call 416-7000.
West Florida Hospital Offers Revolutionary Procedure for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux
Millions of Americans who suffer every day from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) can now be helped with the new incision-less procedure called EsophyX™. David Tenniswood, M.D. and Jon Moore, M.D., both general surgeons on the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital, are proud to offer this new procedure to patients in Northwest Florida. “We are very excited to be able to offer patients the many benefits and minimal risks associated with EsophyX right here in our own community,” said Dr. Moore. EsophyX™ is the first device for incision-less reconstructive surgical treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is based on the principles of surgical repair of the gastro-esophageal junction. “EsophyX™ can significantly improve quality of life for our patients,” explained Dr. Tenniswood. “Many reflux patients are unable to consume carbonated beverages, caffeine, rich foods or fruit without triggering reflux. They also sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. After the EsophyX procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years. Reflux no longer impacts their life like it previously did and they can finally get back to living.” EsophyX and the Transoral Incision-less Fundoplication™ (TIF) procedure also offer a number of other benefits due to their minimal invasiveness. EsophyX represents the third generation of surgery. The transition from open surgery to laparoscopy has been regarded as the major advance in surgery in the last two decades. Laparoscopy reduced the skin incisions typical of open surgery to only from three-to-five port holes. EsophyX, however, is a giant leap forward and avoids incisions altogether. EsophyX-TIF never requires internal dissections. Because of this reduced invasiveness, EsophyX lowers the hurdle for receiving an anatomical restoration of the antireflux barrier and allows earlier intervention. With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, EsophyX offers an excellent alternative. “Recent studies of EsophyX have shown that the procedure can reduce patients’ dependency on medications with 80% of patients remaining symptom free after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” continued Dr. Moore. For more information, call 494-3749.
Alberta Handwerk joins West Florida Community Care Center
Alberta Handwerk, a certified physician assistant specializing in psychiatry, recently joined the medical staff at West Florida Community Care Center, a state-owned psychiatric hospital operated by Lakeview Center Inc. Handwerk holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. She is credentialed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. As a PA-C, Handwerk is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe psychotropic medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. Most recently Handwerk was with Community Health & Emergency Services Inc., Harrisburg Community Clinic, in Harrisburg, Ill. She previously was with Harrisburg Medical Center. West Florida Community Care Center is an 80-bed facility located in Milton at 5500 Stewart St.
May Marks The Friary’s 35th Anniversary
The Friary of Lakeview Center is marking its 35th year of treating people for drug and alcohol dependency. Located near Gulf Breeze on a tree-covered bluff overlooking East Bay, The Friary’s beautiful, secluded location provides a tranquil setting for people seeking recovery. That is why a private center in Palm Beach purchased the 8.5 acre site and on May 1, 1977, opened it as a residential treatment program for people with substance abuse disorders. The site’s earlier history gives The Friary both its name and its character. In 1956 a group of Franciscan friars from Croatia and Herzegovina purchased the property, which included a residence, to use as a retreat for members of their order. The friars developed the heavily wooded site, planting orchards, constructing meditation paths and cultivating a rich array of tropical plants. In 1962 the friars renovated and expanded the residence. For more than a decade, they remained at the site, but in 1977 the Franciscans concluded that it no longer was being used enough to justify keeping it. January 1987 saw the property once again changing hands when it was purchased by a group of investors whose family members had received treatment at The Friary. That group continued the mission until 1993 when it leased The Friary to Baptist Health Care. With the 1996 affiliation between Baptist and Lakeview Center Inc., The Friary’s operation was transferred to Lakeview, Northwest Florida’s largest and most comprehensive provider of behavioral health services. Today The Friary boasts four buildings and includes a chapel, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters, laundry facilities, a kitchen and dining room, and administrative offices. The complex also has a tennis court, swimming pool, exercise park and jogging trails. The Friary continues to provide well-established, research-based treatment that addresses each client’s individual needs. With no more than 30 inpatient clients at any given time, The Friary’s therapist-to-client ratio is among the lowest in the country, promoting a warm and caring atmosphere where positive change can take place.