Surgical teams are undergoing meticulous training on the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System at Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery.
“We are building our robotics program from the ground up, so our teams will all be trained on the robot by clinical experts from our partners, Intuitive Surgical, with guidance from cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director of Surgical Robotics at Beebe Dr. Kurt Wehberg,” said Rick Schaffner, RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Beebe.
Dr. Wehberg joined Beebe July 9 as the Co-Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Chief of Robotics, and Vice President of Clinical Innovation.
Previous to Beebe, Dr. Wehberg served as the Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury, Md. He was a founder of both the Thoracic Oncology and Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery programs and led all three programs to national recognition.
Joining Dr. Wehberg at the Center for Robotic Surgery is Ty Huskey, PA-C, who also previously was with the PRMC surgical robotics team. Both Dr. Wehberg and Mr. Husky have performed more than 500 robotic surgeries.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the innovation going on at Beebe right now with the da Vinci robot,” says Alice Isidro, PA-C, of Beebe Cardiac Surgery of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.
Ms. Isidro and several other Beebe Surgical Services team members have been training on the da Vinci since it arrived at Beebe in mid-June.
“It’s definitely better for the patient; it’s a sleeker operation. This is very specific, high-speed technology that is now entering surgical practices,” she said.
“It takes a full team and practice of the team so that each team member knows his or her responsibility,” said Brian McCarthy, PA-C, of Beebe Cardiac Surgery. “Having Dr. Wehberg bring the new da Vinci robotic service here enables members of our community to receive the latest standard of care here, close to home, at Beebe.”