Help name the new robot at Swedish/Edmonds

The da Vinci Si HD system robot will assist surgeons in performing urological and gynecological surgeries.

Swedish/Edmonds has a new robot, and the public is invited to help name it.

The newest da Vinci Si HD system robot, located at the Swedish/Edmonds campus, will provide surgeons with more precision and dexterity over existing surgical approaches, helping improve patient treatment and reduce recovery time, a news release from Swedish said.

Swedish-affiliated surgeons are using the da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive urological, gynecological and thoracic surgeries for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer, and to assist in complex gynecologic reconstruction surgeries. At Swedish/Edmonds, surgeons are using the robotic-assisted system to perform minimally invasive urological and gynecological surgeries.  Brian Fong, M.D., a Swedish-affiliated surgeon performed the first urology case at the hospital last week.

“We are pleased to expand our network of da Vinci robotic technology to the south Snohomish County area and look forward to continuing to transform the surgical experience for both patients and surgeons alike,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer at Swedish/Edmonds. “We’re committed to bringing the most innovative and advanced medical technologies to our community. This is an excellent example of that commitment.”

To celebrate the new robot’s birthday, Swedish/Edmonds is hosting a series of open houses at the campus, located at 21601 76th Ave. W. in Edmonds. They are also hosting a ‘Name the Robot’ contest where members of the community are invited to submit a nickname for the robot. One lucky person will receive a $200 Visa gift card. Swedish staff and physicians, as well as the new robotic-assisted surgical System, will be available to the public on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 for informational sessions and system demonstrations. The open houses will also serve as collection points of submission forms for the naming contest. Submissions will also be accepted online starting the first week of December at Swedish’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SwedishMedicalCenter.

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2 Comments

  1. Swedish has a reputation for driving up costs in the region and using patients to blackmail insurance companies into paying for their new facilities. We all know that new equipment is always used and that even though there is little evidence to show improved outcomes newer is often more expensive.

    So lets name it – Sucking money out of my Pocket to pay for half million dollar Swedish medical center salaries.

  2. georgia, do you know for sure that your opinion is based on facts? It sounds as if you have had a bad experience at Swedish. On the other hand, I had emergency major surgery at the First Hill hospital with top-notch surgeons, and my bill was no larger tlhan what any other hospital would have charged.

    To top that off, after receiving insurance payments, Swedish wrote off the remainder of the bill. It seems that you and I have had totally different experiences with Swedish services. The only complaint I have about Swedish is that their food is lousy!

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