Northern Westchester Hospital Recognized as a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery by Leading Surgical Accreditation Organization

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NWH designated as a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery

Robotics Accreditation Team

“We are proud to be among SRC’s Centers of Excellence, a designation that recognizes our unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based robotic surgery,” said Marla Koroly, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has been designated a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an independent, nonprofit, patient-safety organization and the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals around the world.

NWH was an early adopter of robotic technology, purchasing their first da Vinci® Surgical System, the S model, in 2007. NWH has upgraded the system several times as advancements continue to benefit patient care and now has two (2) Xi Surgical Robots. Since 2007, highly-skilled, board-certified surgeons have performed over 4,000 robot-assisted surgeries at NWH.

The da Vinci System utilizes high-definition, 3D imaging that provides surgeons with a magnified view and greater visualization of the surgical site. Coupled with the flexible, ‘wristed’ instruments, precision and accuracy are improved. In addition, incisions are smaller. Robotic surgery patients often experience less pain, decreased risk of infection and dramatically faster recovery.

“We are proud to be among SRC’s Centers of Excellence, a designation that recognizes our unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based robotic surgery,” said Marla Koroly, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “We join three other Northwell Health hospitals that hold the same recognition,” Dr. Koroly added.

Surgical Review Corporation also awarded Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designations to five NWH robotic surgery team members, including:
Warren Bromberg, MD, FACS, Chief of Urology; Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Prostate Cancer Program at NWH, who serves as the Physician Director of the Hospital’s Center of Excellence;
Elisa Burns, MD, gynecologic surgeon, Director of Quality and Outcomes for the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH;
Darren Rohan, MD, FACS, Westchester Regional Director of the Thoracic Surgery Program, Northwell Health, who treats patients at both Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, NY and Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY;
Iris Wertheim, MD, gynecologic oncology surgeon, Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH;
Jerald Wishner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director of the Colorectal Surgery Program at NWH, who is designated a Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery, one of 10 in the world.

“The Center of Excellence designation provides patients with confidence that they are receiving the best possible care from physicians at an institution with a track record of safety, and proven outcomes that has met rigorous standards for delivering safe, effective, evidence-based care,” says Warren Bromberg, MD. “The Center of Excellence could not exist without our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and surgical technicians, all of whom are committed to the health and well-being of our patients.”

Before awarding the designation, SRC evaluated all aspects of care, including pre-operative evaluations and procedures, the OR, and all post-operative units, including the surgical floor, anesthesia, intensive care units, the emergency room, and discharge procedures. An assessment of medical record keeping, surgical data, outcomes and high case volume is also a critical component of the designation process.

Through its accreditation, NWH’s Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery becomes part of SRC’s international data base and will continuously collect and share data with SRC in order to benchmark outcomes and costs with other Centers of Excellence. This information will enable clinicians, patients, payers and policymakers to make informed decisions that can improve healthcare and the patient experience.

The Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH includes surgeons with highly specialized expertise with the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robot-assisted surgery with proven outcomes for patients. In addition to the Center of Excellence, the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery includes a dual training Epicenter for colorectal surgery and hernia surgery which is led by Dr. Jerald Wishner, one of three designated dual epicenter surgeons in the nation. Dr. Wishner teaches the practice of robotic surgery using the da Vinci robot to surgeons throughout the region and across the country, extending NWH’s expertise and best practices. The Hospital’s Institute for Robotics includes surgeons and expertise in the following areas of specialty: urology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, single-incision gynecologic procedures, colorectal, thoracic, and general surgery.    

Northern Westchester Hospital is among nine hospitals in the Northwell Health network that offers a comprehensive Robotic Surgery program and one of Northwell’s four Centers of Excellence for Robotic Surgery. Southside Hospital, Huntington Hospital and LIJ Hospital are designated Centers of Excellence for Robotic Surgery, with several more currently in the process of obtaining their designation. Northwell Health is a leader in robotics, committed to improving outcomes for patients by meeting high standards for clinical excellence and has been designated by SRC as a Network of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.
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About Northern Westchester Hospital:
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of Northwell Health, provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment. NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high-quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 650 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

About Surgical Review Corporation:
Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, known and the “Cycle of Excellence,” results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvements in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. To measure improvement and develop best practices, SRC offers a multispecialty outcomes database that is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for minimally invasive gynecologic and bariatric surgery. For more information, visit http://www.surgicalreview.org.

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