As chairman of the department of surgery, I am gratified to work in a hospital that combines the compassionate care of a community hospital with the dynamic educational environment of an academic medical center. Our joint mission of providing the best care for patients, while training professionals of the future inspires us to develop and test best practices that serve as models for today and paradigms for tomorrow.
Access to the latest technology is crucial to advancing this ambitious mission. All of our new operating rooms are fully integrated with digital imaging technology, allowing us to view MRIs, CT scans, angiograms and x-rays in real time, while we are operating. This video and data transmission capability also allows us to beam live video for consultation with other physicians and for teaching others our craft.
Saint Francis also is home to two state-of-the-art daVinci SI Robotic Surgery Systems. The da Vinci surgical system makes it possible to perform complex surgeries through multiple small incisions, resulting in better outcomes, less pain and shorter recovery times for our patients.
As a vascular surgeon, I am especially excited about our new hybrid operating room. Equipped with sophisticated imaging capacity, this room allows surgeons to repair veins and arteries, guided by real-time, angiographic images. This is a great advance. Previously, many of these procedures were performed in an interventional radiology suite, which allowed for imaging, but lacked the features of an operating room.
Finally, patient safety is paramount in our surgical programs. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has voluntarily participated in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) since 2007. Considered the "gold standard" by the Joint Commission for outcomes measurement and reporting, our surgery department has used this evidenced-based program to provide excellent quality surgical care. In addition, we are proud that the Joint Commission recently recognized our universal protocol policy, which includes timeouts prior to every surgery, appropriate marking of surgical sites, and the use of detailed scripted checklists, as a best practice.
On behalf of the 14 clinical service lines that make up the surgical program, I invite patients and professionals to get to know us better. I am confident you will agree that in everything we do, surgeons at Saint Francis deliver on the hospital's promise to provide BestCare for a Lifetime.
Steven T. Ruby, M.D., FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery