SAMC offering single-site robotic procedures

The SAMC Surgical Services department recently introduced a new robotic procedure 4594daVinciInstruments310x153 for gall bladder patients. Known as single-site robotic cholecystectomy, the procedure uses a small incision rather than a large open incision or multiple small incisions for a traditional robotic surgery.

The single-site robotic surgery is made possible due to the development of more flexible, smaller diameter surgical instruments which can now be placed through a single incision near the patient's navel.

Chris Holland, RN, director of Surgical Services, says there are fewer surgical incisions to heal, high patient satisfaction rates and minimal pain.

The first single-site cholecystectomy was performed by Jeffrey Whitehurst, MD, general surgery, in January. Holland plans to introduce single-site hysterectomies later this month, when Praful Patel, MD, OB/GYN will perform the operation on a patient.

Williams outstanding Foundation volunteer

Jackie Williams, Radiology Support Services, was recently honored 5605JackieWilliams310x153 as the SAMC Foundation Employee Advisory Board (FEAB) volunteer of the year. Each year the Foundation presents the award to an individual who goes above and beyond in his/her support of the organization's mission.
Jackie served as the 2014 FEAB vice president and chaired the Employee Campaign. Due to her countless hours of planning and advocating for the Foundation, along with her guidance and dedication during the campaign, the 2014 SAMC Employee Campaign is the largest in the Foundation's history with 972 partners and $163,000 in funds raised.

Hospitalists welcome ACOM students

SAMC hospitalists sponsored the 2nd annual ACOM "Welcome to 0006FiveKHargettRobson310x153 Campus" 5KTrail Run/Walk on August 2 at Eastgate Park. The event is part of the students' orientation weekend and is designed to welcome new students while interacting with SAMC physicians in a healthy and active way. Chris Hargett, DO, (left) neurosurgery and Edward Robson, MD, hospitalist, pose for a photo before the run.