COVER: Erik Anderson, a San Marcos general surgeon, last month performed the 500th procedure at Central Texas Medical Center using the da Vinci robotic surgeon since the gadget’s acquisition in May 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A little more than 18 months after Central Texas Medical Center plunked down $2 million for a da Vinci robotic surgery system, more than 500 patients have undergone procedures employing the cutting-edge instrument.
Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon who works under CTMC’s Live Oak Health Partners physicians group, officiated over the 500th procedure assisted by the less-invasive, more-precise surgical device on Nov. 15.
Since its introduction in May 2012, seventeen different surgeons have used the da Vinci in 285 percent more procedures than had been projected. CTMC administrators had project its use in 175 operations during the first 19 months; the robot has so far has been used in nearly three times as many.
A major capital investment early in the tenure of CEO Sam Huenergardt, the robotic surgeon was the first of its kind in any hospital south of Austin and north of San Antonio when it was introduced in May 2012. The robot has already paid for itself, hospital administrators say.
In addition, the futuristic gadget has been a public relations boon for CTMC, bringing attention to initiatives under Huenergardt and his predecessors to modernize facilities and upgrade technology.
“My hat goes off to our medical staff members and surgeons who embraced this opportunity to put CTMC on the map in this area,” Huenergardt said in written statement celebrating the milestone.
A seven-figure pricetag also underscored Winter Park, Fla.-based Adventist Health System’s seriousness about remaining competitive in Hays and surrounding counties. Austin-based Seton Family of Hospitals moved into the central corridor market in 2010 with a 210-bed medical center in Kyle, the county’s second hospital.Email | Print