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2012
Norton Healthcare adds $1.6 million da Vinci Si HD surgical system

First health care provider in state to launch system with Genesis program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 2, 2012) - Norton Healthcare recently acquired its fourth da Vinci surgical system, making the institution the only health care provider in Louisville to offer this level of increased procedure capability and visualization for surgeons. The da Vinci Si HD system comes with a price tag of $1.6 million. Worthy of the cost, the system accounts for tremendous improvements in patient experience due to enhanced technology and minimally invasive techniques. In addition, Norton Healthcare will be implementing the Genesis™ program for operating da Vinci surgeries. This will allow patients at Norton facilities to experience reduced trauma and recovery times associated with several types of cancer and other diseases.

The addition of another da Vinci and the Genesis program advance the facility vision to become a pelvic floor health center of excellence. This will involve a multi-disciplinary team of providers with a nurse navigator to offer specialized care by in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. This care involves Urology, Gynecology Colorectal Surgery and more. Using the da Vinci system will allow physicians to treat pelvic floor issues without leaving the expected large scars and long recovery times.

In 2004, Norton Healthcare purchased Louisville’s first da Vinci for Norton Hospital. Since then, Norton Healthcare has recorded tremendous successes due to the use of this surgical system. The fourth Norton Healthcare da Vinci system was recently added at Norton Suburban Hospital, making Norton the regional leader for this minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci technology is a robotic system that allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries through very small incisions, resulting in countless patient benefits. Using the da Vinci system has allowed Norton Healthcare to provide patients with reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, less risk of infection, faster recovery time and less scarring.

As the investment in da Vinci systems is a significant one, it is important that each facility manage the surgeries to fully maximize clinical and strategic returns. Success in performing da Vinci surgery depends on operational excellence, correct integration of the new technology and the quality care provided to each patient. The Genesis program deploys a dedicated team of trainers to teach best practices at each facility throughout the preparation, implementation and program development stages. The Genesis program is crucial to achieving the core objectives of successful da Vinci surgeries.

In Norton Suburban Hospital’s efforts to become the region’s premier women and children’s hospital, it is important that the facility achieves early productivity using the latest and greatest version of da Vinci systems. The Genesis program has been put in place to ensure the full potential for the robotic devices is met, especially as relates to pelvic floor health. Completion of all three Genesis phases will allow Norton Suburban Hospital to improve quality of care, differentiating the niche hospital as proficient in minimally invasive surgeries that treat various gynecological cancers in addition to many other diseases.

“By placing the newest version of da Vinci systems at Norton Suburban Hospital, we are letting the community know that this campus renovation is more than just a facelift,” said Jon Cooper, system vice president of surgical and orthopaedic services. “To become the region’s premier women and children’s hospital, we must provide the latest technology and surgical care services to our patients. Our investment in the da Vinci system and Genesis program are two of the many steps we are taking to ensure the highest quality of care to our patients, now and in the future.”

*Dr. Mary Gordinier and the da Vinci Si HD system

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For more than 125 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is the Louisville, Ky., area’s leading hospital and health care system and third largest private employer, providing care at nearly 140 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with more than 1,800 licensed beds; five outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; 11,900 employees; nearly 600 employed medical providers; and in excess of 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. The organization has consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in Metro Louisville, the state of Kentucky and nationally. Norton Healthcare and Humana are one of only five national pilot sites, and the only one in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.

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