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Main Line Health’s Lankenau Medical Center one of three hospitals in the nation to obtain da Vinci SP® Surgical System

Lankenau Medical Center October 16, 2018 News Releases

Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, is among the first three hospitals in the United States—and the first in Pennsylvania—to receive the new Intuitive Surgical single-port platform, the da Vinci® SP Surgical System. The latest generation of the da Vinci robot provides surgeons with robotic-assisted technology designed for deep and narrow access to tissue in the body through a single, small incision. This technique helps surgeons perform more complex procedures with greater precision and confidence.

“Being one of three medical centers in the nation to pioneer this new da Vinci robot is in line with Main Line Health’s long history of embracing new surgical technology. Our surgeons are early adopters of robotic and minimally invasive surgical advances with the goal of continually improving outcomes and quality of life for our patients,” says Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center.

“It has been incredibly exciting to have been chosen to help forge a path for this innovative technology,” says John Marks, MD, chief of colorectal surgery, Main Line Health and consultant in the design of the da Vinci SP Surgical System. “I predict that this new tool has the potential to markedly improve patient outcomes, as it will enable surgeons to access narrow openings while maintaining high-quality vision, precision, and control—all through a single, one inch incision.”

Currently, the SP robot is FDA-approved for urologic surgeries, with plans to submit for FDA approval for colorectal and ENT procedures early next year.

Dr. Marks adds, “I believe this new technology has the potential to usher in a whole new generation of treatments for patients with both benign and malignant disease, improve surgical outcomes and allow for quicker patient recovery.”

Main Line Health’s legacy of excellence in minimally invasive and robotic procedures makes it a destination for patients seeking advanced surgical options. Lankenau Medical Center, in particular, is a leading institution in performing robotically assisted CABGs and colorectal surgeries in the United States. The da Vinci SP Surgical System will expand Main Line Health’s ability to reach a wider array of patients who may benefit from this emerging technology.

“Main Line Health has a steadfast commitment to providing superior care to all in our communities, and the addition of this new da Vinci robot will help us to do just that,” adds Jack Lynch, president and CEO, Main Line Health. “Intuitive’s selection of Lankenau as a leading site to receive this new technology is incredibly fitting, as Lankenau and Main Line Health have truly emerged as global leaders of several robotic and minimally invasive procedures, serving as a training destination for surgeons from around the world.”

For information about Main Line Health’s minimally invasive and robotic surgery program—with convenient locations across Main Line Health—visit mainlinehealth.org/robotics.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 371-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020–21, and was ranked as high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and nephrology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.