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CarePoint Health is First in New Jersey to Receive Newest Surgical Robot Platform

Hudson County, NJ (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

CarePoint Health is proud to announce that Christ Hospital is the first hospital in New Jersey to receive the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, the latest and most advanced robotics platform in the da Vinci series. This 4th generation robotic platform is a technological leap and a profound step forward in innovation. The intuitive da Vinci Xi has broad capabilities and can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive and complex surgical procedures. The acquisition of the da Vinci Xi represents a breakthrough for health care in New Jersey.

Previously, patients had to travel out of state to find the technology and a trained physician to perform robotic surgery at the highest level. Now, for the first time, patients have access to the most advanced robotic surgery program in the state. The da Vinci robot at CarePoint Health - Christ Hospital is part of a larger surgical initiative, led by Dr. Daniel Smith, to respond to the growing health care needs of the region. CarePoint Health has recruited some of the best surgeons in the country, with more than 6,000 successful da Vinci procedures completed among them, to ensure top quality care for its patients. Dr. Smith leads Gynecologic Oncology and General Gynecology at Christ Hospital, is the co-Director of the CarePoint Health Cancer Center at Christ Hospital and is one of the first gynecologists certified to use the da Vinci robotics platform to perform minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Smith is also well recognized for his training of new surgeons on the use of robotics and the innovative role they plan in surgical advancement.

According to Dr. Smith, the da Vinci Xi is a milestone for health care in New Jersey. “This is truly the wave of the future. We have the most sophisticated tool available to provide patients with superior and innovative surgical care. The da Vinci robot enables a surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. We can now seamlessly integrate our surgical skills with the latest technology.”

For more than a decade, the da Vinci surgical systems have provided patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures. The new da Vinci Xi system was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. By enabling more efficient access throughout the abdomen and chest, the da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion and an ergonomic design. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the da Vinci Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

In addition, the da Vinci Xi includes the powerful da Vinci Skills Simulator, a new virtual-reality tool that helps train surgeons to use the robotics platform. Simulation in all forms is becoming an important part of the learning experience for surgical technology. By providing a controlled re-creation of critical steps in instrument control, simulation allows surgeons to practice their skills in a non-clinical environment that once required expensive models or cadavers for learning. The da Vinci Skills Simulator provides surgeons with objective feedback on their performance when they complete an exercise. Over time, surgeons can track their progress on the device and work to improve their skills before they use it on patients.

For more information about this groundbreaking program contact:

Allyson Miller
CarePoint Health
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: 201-858-5297
Fax: 973-646-5563
Email: Allyson(dot)Miller(at)carepointhealth(dot)org

About CarePoint Health:

CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center - CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. We leverage a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all of our medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on our facilities, partners and services, visit our website,

About Dr. Daniel H. Smith:

Unique in his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, GYN Oncology, and General Surgery, Dr. Daniel H. Smith brings broad technical experience to women with severe gynecologic problems. At CarePoint Health, he leads Gynecologic Oncology and General Gynecology. Dr. Smith is one of the first gynecologists certified to use the da Vinci robotics platform, and he offers this additional level of minimally invasive surgery to his patients. Dr. Smith is also committed to other aspects of minimally invasive surgery such a single port laparoscopy complex gynecologic problems.

In addition, Dr. Smith is the co-Director of the CarePoint Health Cancer Center, centered at Christ Hospital. Joining an increasing number of cancer specialists, Dr. Smith will help coordinate patient oriented navigation through diagnostic and treatment phases of all patients with malignancies. Physical additions to the center are underway, and Dr. Smith and the CarePoint Health team are preparing to offer the best cancer care for our community. Although there are three campuses, Hoboken University Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Bayonne Medical Center, cancer care will be available at all sites under the direction of the Cancer Center.

Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Smith graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He began his General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. During this surgical residency, which he completed in 1979, he also completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Following his planned trajectory, he then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Smith has practiced in both New York and New Jersey. He is active in teaching and attained the first Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in New Jersey.

About the da Vinci Surgical System:

The da Vinci Surgical System and the Skills Simulator are developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. More than 500,000 patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci procedure. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions. Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical has more than 1,300 employees in offices around the world.

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