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Baptist Health Care Celebrates 1,000 Robotic Surgeries

PENSACOLA, Fla. (September 12, 2011) – Today, Baptist Health Care reached the 1,000 th da Vinci® S HD Surgical System milestone, designating Baptist the most experienced and best equipped robotic surgical program in northwest Florida. 

“Four years ago, Baptist Health Care was the first health care system in the region to offer da Vinci robotics’ innovative and powerful technology to significantly improve patient care,” stated Baptist Hospital administrator, David Wildebrandt. “Today we continue to be the region’s leader in minimally invasive surgery by with 29 trained, experienced and compassionate physicians. Ten existing procedures are preformed in the gynecologic, urologic, and cardiothoracic specialties and another four procedures are currently planned, totaling 14 different surgeries utilizing the two da Vinci robots at Baptist Hospital.” 

“Since 2007, the Baptist surgical services have redefined the surgical experience and quality for more than 1,000 patients who have chosen robotic surgery, “says Tracey Thomas-Doyle, M.D., OB/GYN, Baptist Medical Group. This modern tool eliminates the need for a large incision by allowing tiny instruments to be inserted through a few button-size cuts, decreasing complications commonly associated with traditional surgery. 

James L. Nielsen, M.D., F.A.C.S., cardiothoracic surgeon with Baptist Health Care, performs a new, minimally invasive procedure for lung cancer. “This advanced technology greatly improves patients’ experience by reducing pain, allowing a faster return home, and producing overall better outcomes,” stated Dr. Nielsen. “We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art procedure to Pensacola and surrounding communities.” 

“I want to help all of my patients spend more time enjoying a healthy life. Providing my patients with the very latest in surgical technologies such as da Vinci robotic surgery, enables me to care for their needs effectively while returning them home in a fraction of the time,” says board certified urologic surgeon, Charles Yowell, M.D., who is specially trained on the da Vinci system. 

“The substantial benefits of utilizing minimally invasive robotic surgery for urinary conditions speak for themselves,” says board certified urologic surgeon, M. Elizabeth Cruit, M.D. “My patients’ needs come first; and by using the robotic technology available at Baptist Hospital, I can significantly reduce blood loss, pain and discomfort for my patients.” 

Baptist is committed to offering these revolutionary robotic techniques that continue to benefit even more people in our community. To learn more about minimally invasive surgery options visit or call 850.434.4080. 

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