Montrose Memorial Hospital’s New Surgical Robot is Most Advanced Available, Improves Time & Safety of Procedures

MONTROSE, CO: With the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, Montrose Memorial Hospital now offers the most advanced robotic assisted surgical technology on the Western Slope. New features associated with the Xi model are expected to benefit robotic assisted surgeons during procedures and provide a safer, shorter surgical experience for patients.

“Montrose Memorial Hospital is committed to serving our community with the best care possible. That is why we are the first hospital on the Western Slope to feature the da Vinci Xi robotic assisted surgical system,” said Steve Hannah, MHA, CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. “One of our four core values is excellence – always pursuing the best outcome. By equipping our physicians with the best technology available, we’re living our values and demonstrating to our community the importance we place on offering them excellence in healthcare services.”

Robotic assisted surgical systems are controlled by surgeons to perform minimally-invasive surgeries through tiny incisions. Surgeons move the robotic arms during the entire course of the surgery. As opposed to open surgeries performed without the robot, robotic assisted surgeries enhance surgeons’ capabilities by offering an increased range of motion and a high-definition 3D view of the inside of the body cavity.

Compared with the prior model, the new surgical robot offers various new features that is expected to improve safety and reduce the time of the surgical experience for the patient. Surgical arms now reach down from an overhead axis with 360 degree turn ability—allowing access across cavities without re-positioning the robot. In addition, a new surgical table communicates directly with the robot—allowing for the patient’s position to change during the procedure without interruption of anesthesia or re-docking the robot. As a whole, the da Vinci Xi is the most advanced robotic assisted surgical system available.

“A lot of people think they have to travel away for top flight care, but despite that perception we have great care right here in our own backyard,” said Eric DeLaune, Director of Surgery at Montrose Memorial Hospital. “We have an administrative team and board of directors who stays in front of technology to provide the best care possible.”

Montrose Memorial Hospital has shown a pattern of ordering the latest technology, as it also became the first hospital on the Western Slope to feature the da Vinci Si Surgical System in 2009.

About Montrose Memorial Hospital

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service, San Juan Cancer Center and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 600 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties. The hospital has received patient satisfaction ratings exceeding 90% since 2010.