(Monday - April 05, 2021) - UP Health System -
Marquette, a part of LifePoint Health, is pleased to announce it has
acquired the latest innovation in robotic technology for surgeries,
which inserts all surgical instruments through one small abdominal
incision, improving surgical outcomes and allowing faster patient
recovery. This is made possible by a more than $1.7 million investment
from LifePoint Health.
Surgeons who are specially trained to use
the new system will use it for various routine procedures, and
eventually, use it for very complex surgeries as well.
robotic surgical system helps our surgeons ensure precise technique and
enhance surgical outcomes," said Kim Dunlap-Madosh, surgical services
director at UP Health System - Marquette. "We're excited to bring this
innovative technology to the Upper Peninsula and further enhance the
level of quality and safety we provide our patients."
technology ensures an extra layer of precision and accuracy and includes
multi-jointed, wristed instruments and a high-definition camera. The
technology's revolutionary design enables single port surgery, narrow
access surgery, triangulation, and 360-degree rotation. To date, UP
Health System has used the new technology to perform complex general
surgery and urogynecology cases to address issues related to the
gallbladder, appendix, stomach, colon, abdominal wall, bowels, hernia,
uterus, urethra, pelvic floor, rectum, and bladder. In the future,
robotic technology can be utilized for the performance of complex
urologic, gynecologic, and cardiothoracic surgeries as well.
"Patients who undergo pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery often delay
it until the discomfort and impact of adjacent organs affect their daily
activities and quality of life," said Dr. Gina Sternschuss,
Urogynecologist at UP Health System - Marquette. "Robotic surgery has
allowed us to offer advanced and necessary procedures with a level of
accuracy in the hardest to reach places, using small incisions, all the
while preserving peripheral tissues and nerves near the surgical site."
"Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, last year was a successful year in
helping us to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier® and
helping to establish our foothold in robotics," said Gar Atchison, UPHS
- Marquette CEO and UPHS Market President. "All of our surgeons,
regardless of their specialty, are always eager to use the latest and
most effective technology to improve patient care right here close to
To learn more about robotic-assisted surgeries at UP
Health System - Marquette, visit:
Pictured above, from left to right: Melinda
Dehority, PA-C, Urogynecology; Gina Sternschuss, MD, Urogynecology;
Katherine Petrin, MD, General Surgery; Kim Dunlap-Madosh, MBA, RN, CNOR,
Director of Surgical Services; Alicea Leffel, RN; Heather Brownell,
Senior Surgical Technician; Jason Prunick, Robotics Coordinator; and
Beth Riley, Senior Surgical Technologist.