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Foundation Purchases Da Vinci Robot
Thanks to the generosity of many donors to the Lima Memorial
Foundation, Lima Memorial Health System (LMHS) has welcomed the
newest member of its surgery team, the da Vinci Surgical Robot. In
September the Foundation board decided to purchase the robot.
"The Foundation raises money for items like the surgical robot,"
said Ken Kurz, Executive Director for the Foundation. "We're
excited about providing something of this significance to the
Health System and this would not have been possible without our
"I serve on the Foundation Board to make a difference to our
community. This technology makes a difference to our patients and
their families" said Eric Wiechart, chairman of the Foundation
board. "Our physicians have been trained extensively in this
"The da Vinci Surgical Robot is an excellent addition to our
established surgical program at LMHS," said AnnMarie Murphy,
Director of Surgery at LMHS. "In da Vinci robotic assisted
procedures, the Robot does not actually perform the procedure.
Instead, the specially designed Robot and cameras allow our
surgeons to operate outside the body by skillfully manipulating the
equipment inside the patient."
The first case involving the robot is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct.
10. "The robot is a perfect combination of historic medicine and
new technology," says Dr. Wilfred Ellis, a Foundation Board member.
"The robot will further enhance the quality care already being
provided at Lima Memorial," says Murphy.