HCA Virginia
November 13, 2019

HCA Virginia's Henrico, Parham and Retreat Doctors' Hospitals achieved a milestone this week by completing their 10,000th robotic surgical case.

Cecelia Boardman, M.D., FACS, FACOG, gynecologic oncologist at Henrico Doctors' Hospital, performed the case, which was a right ovarian cystectomy.

"This incredible achievement wouldn't be possible without the amazing teamwork of our staff, nurses, physicians and administration at Henrico Doctors' Hospital," said Boardman. "We are fortunate to work for an institution that has a strong group of physicians performing robotic surgery across multiple service lines and specialties. Having access to robotic surgical systems has increased our ability to take on highly complex cases, resulting in better patient outcomes and overall patient care."

In 2000, the first robotic surgery system was approved by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery and made commercially available in the United States. The FDA approved the robotic surgical system for use at five U.S. hospitals, one of which included Henrico Doctors' Hospital.

In 2002, Henrico Doctors' Hospital was the site of the first minimally invasive, single-site robotic surgery in the Mid-Atlantic region. Performed by Dr. William Kelley Jr., the laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder) procedure, allowed surgeons to make only one cut with more stability and greater dexterity for the first time in enterprise history.

Henrico, Parham and Retreat Doctors' Hospitals use advanced robotic-assisted laparoscopic and minimally invasive technology such as the da Vinci robotic surgical system and the MAKO robot. These technologies are used to treat a wide range of conditions in specialty areas from general surgery, lung procedures, and urology treatments to gynecology, gastrointestinal procedures, and joint replacement surgeries. The hospitals have a total of seven robots with over 70 trained robotic surgeons.

"I proudly commend the staff, nurses, and physicians who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the highest level of care and most positive outcomes for our patients," said Ryan Jensen, chief executive officer of Henrico Doctors' Hospitals. "This 10,000th robotics procedure marks only the beginning of the next era of surgical innovation and patient care for our community, and I'm confident that we will strive to achieve continued success for those we serve."

Since 2000, More than 1.5 million robotic procedures have been performed worldwide, focusing on specialties including cardiac, gynecology, urology, colorectal, and general surgery procedures. For more information on robotic-assisted technology at Henrico Doctors' Hospitals, visit here.

About HCA Virginia

As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and four urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, four outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals - Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors', and Spotsylvania Regional.