Red Bank, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center’s robotics program has recently achieved a significant milestone. Robotically-assisted surgery entails the use of a surgical robot to facilitate the performance of complex operations without the need for a large incision. By combining robotics and state-of-the-art computer technology, surgeons can operate with greater dexterity and controls than with traditional surgical approaches.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, Riverview Medical Center has performed more than 2,000 robotic surgeries.  The medical center’s physicians utilize the da Vinci® Xi and Si Surgical Systems, which allow for small incisions typically associated with traditional laparoscopic surgery, but with improved visualization and range of motion.

“This milestone speaks to the strength of our robotic surgery program and the skills of our doctors using the robots,” said Kelli O’Brien, chief hospital executive, Riverview Medical Center. “Nobody wants to have surgery, but this technology makes many procedures much more tolerable. As robots in the operating room become more and more commonplace, I’m confident we will see even more growth in the coming years.”

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Robotically-assisted surgery may be a good option for the treatment of a wide-variety of colorectal, general, gynecologic and urologic conditions that previously required open surgery. Some common procedures include gallbladder removal, hernias, and pelvic reconstructive surgery to name a few.

“Since 2018, our robotics program has nearly doubled the amount of surgeries we’ve performed,” saidRobert P. Penney, M.D., FACOG, director, Robotic Surgery, Riverview Medical Center. “That is a truly significant level of growth in a rather short timeframe. Robotic surgery offers smaller, more precise incisions, shorter recovery times, and less pain. For many, these are important benefits when faced with surgery and our talented group of surgeons are committed to providing the best patient experience possible.” 

In addition to the da Vinci robots, Riverview Medical Center also offers the Mako System, a robotic-arm that allows surgeons to personalize the surgical experience, tailoring it to patients’ needs and anatomy. The Mako system is used for partial and total knee replacement surgeries. For more information about Riverview’s robotic surgery program, please visit: or call 732-530-2442.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH RIVERVIEW MEDICAL CENTER: Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Riverview Medical Center is a 492-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, surgical services, emergency and cancer services. Riverview’s Cancer Care Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview’s Jane H. Booker Women’s Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages.

Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County’s only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview Medical Center is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnife® system, offering a state-of-the-art alternative to surgery for some patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health, please call 1-800-560-9990 or visit

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH: Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack MeridianHealth has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey byU.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. 

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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