Penrose-St. Francis First in Region with da Vinci S HD Surgical System

Latest Technology Funded Entirely by PSF Health Foundation Donors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the first hospital in Southern Colorado to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci S HD Surgical System with its acquisition earlier this week.

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include smaller incisions, less pain and trauma for patients, and a much faster recovery period.

The new system will complement the standard" da Vinci System the hospital has been utilizing since 2005, and helps distinguish Penrose-St. Francis as the leader in minimally invasive surgery in the region.

Penrose-St. Francis has performed more than 900 urological, gynecological oncology, and cardiac da Vinci procedures since 2005, with almost 700 occurring since January 2008. The da Vinci S HD Surgical System will allow Penrose-St. Francis to expand its robotic-assisted surgery program in the future to include benign gynecology candidates, such as patients requiring hysterectomies.

The sophisticated robotic surgery platform was funded entirely by the generosity of Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation donors.

Capital funds are scarce in todays economy, and we simply could not have brought this leading-edge technology to our community without the support of our donors," said Margaret Sabin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Well now be able to expand the availability and types of robotic-assisted surgeries offered to our patients."

The da Vinci Surgical System is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a high-powered 3-D camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the patient cart, which holds surgical instruments that are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions. The da Vinci System allows the surgeon to move the robotic arms that hold the miniaturized, wrested instruments to conduct precise movements with extraordinary control and greater range of motion than even the human hand. The da Vincis video monitoring system provides a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification up to10 times that of the naked eye.

Both da Vinci Surgical Systems are housed in Penrose Hospital.


About Penrose-St. Francis Health Services:
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named was of Americas 50 Best Hospitals" for 2008, 2009 and 2010 by HealthGrades, the only recipient in Colorado. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight For Life and home care and hospice services. Penrose-St. Francis and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit or the Media Room at

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