Greenwich Hospital Giving News
Robot-Assisted da Vinci Xi Surgical System Now in Fourth Generation at Greenwich Hospital
Robotic, minimally-invasive surgery has dramatically changed the experience of surgery for dozens of patients at Greenwich Hospital. Now in its fourth generation, the da Vinci Xi surgical system uses enhanced cameras for 3D visualization and surgeon-controlled robotic arms for precise movements. Patients generally experience smaller incisions, less pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
The Xi system takes surgery performed with a laparoscope to a new level. It allows surgeons to manipulate tissues and organs as in open surgery, but in a way that minimizes the physical pressure on sensitive tissues and nerves. This often eliminates the need to cut through muscle, reducing post-operative pain and blood loss, and with tiny incisions, patients only have minor cosmetic scarring.
"When people hear 'robotics,' they think a machine or a computer is performing the surgery. The surgeon makes all movements, from stitching and cutting to stapling and dissecting, by essentially telemanipulating the instruments," said Athanassios Petrotos, MD, general surgeon, who performs robot-assisted hernia repairs, colectomies and gastrectomies.
Today, the hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to include urological/prostate, thoracic, gynecological and general surgery procedures. Surgeons who use the da Vinci undergo rigorous training before they are qualified.
In the months ahead, Greenwich Hospital plans to create a robotic surgery center, purchase another da Vinci robot and add five surgeons trained in robotic surgery to our roster of twenty, as well as additional nurses and staff.
Greenwich Hospital Achieves Magnet® Designation
Joins elite national group of Magnet hospitals
Greenwich Hospital has received the prestigious Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), placing it among the approximately seven percent of the more than 5,600 hospitals nationwide – and one of only six in Connecticut – to achieve this distinguished honor.
Magnet designation is the highest honor of nursing excellence that any hospital can achieve. Greenwich's Magnet designation is the culmination of several years of preparation and commitment to evidence-based nursing practices and patient care through quality improvements as well as interdisciplinary collaboration.
"This recognition places Greenwich Hospital at a national level for the excellent patient care and clinical outcomes we witness every day," said Susan Brown, RN, MSN, executive vice president of Operations and Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Greenwich Hospital. "Our motto of 'Exceptional Nurses, Exceptional Care' accurately reflects the level of expertise and dedication of our nursing staff throughout every corner of the organization. This achievement is a testament to our culture of excellence."
Healthcare organizations receiving Magnet credentials demonstrate quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional practice. To achieve Magnet status, Greenwich Hospital submitted a comprehensive Magnet manuscript in February that included scores of documented examples of nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes at Greenwich Hospital. In June, four Magnet appraisers spent three days at the hospital assessing patient care and outcomes. Magnet hospitals must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.
According to ANCC, healthcare organizations that achieve Magnet are better equipped to attract and retain talent; improve patient care, safety and satisfaction; foster a collaborative culture; and advance nursing standards and practice.
Greenwich Hospital hosts oncology nursing fellowship program graduation
July 21, 2016 – Fairfield University nursing students Nick Mudry and Hannah Dahlke graduated today from the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at Greenwich Hospital.
Mudry and Dahlke are among 35 oncology nursing Flynn fellows at 15 leading hospitals nationwide to be graduating this year. The fellowship program was first piloted at Greenwich Hospital in 2014.
During the eight-week program at the hospital, the two nursing fellows shadowed seasoned nurses and served as integral hands-on members of the cancer team. Learn more and donate to the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at Greenwich Hospital.
Photo: Graduating fellows Nick Mudry and Hannah Dahlke with donor and program sponsor, Frederick C. Flynn, Jr.