WAYNE, NJ - More than 100 hospital personnel including administrators, surgeons, doctors, and nurses, convened in the entrance foyer of St. Joseph's Wayne Medical to debut a new member of their team Wednesday. However, the star of the show was not any of the highly experienced medical professionals but rather a state of the art technological marvel- a robot.

Even the ribbon cutting, held to celebrate the acquisition of the nearly $1 million wonder, was spectacular as the new daVinci Xi did the cutting.

“This has transformed the surgery process,” Director of Surgery Mark Connolly declared. Also a cardio thoracic surgeon, Connolly said that utilization of the robot would not only increase the number of operations able to be performed, but also enhance patient care.

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“This enables surgeries to be minimally invasive,” Connolly stated. “There is less pain and trauma for the patient, less blood loss, and the length of procedures is shortened.”  

Hospital officials also said that the chances of patient infection are decreased when use of the new technology is employed.

Dr. Toghrul Talishinskiy, Director of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery and Surgical Director of the Reflux Program demonstrated the robot's skills eliciting many “oohs” and “aahs” from his audience.

Sitting in a “surgeon console” adjacent to the over six-foot high robot, Talishinkiy used his hands and fingers to move buttons and levers which, in turn, manipulated the four arms of the robot.  

While witnesses gazed in awe, a closeup of the action on a small, flat screen television could also be seen, as the quartet of appendages picked up and moved a consortium of small objects, including a Lincoln penny.

Talishinkiy said that the hospital’s Paterson campus has the exact same robot and that the new one in Wayne replaced and updated a similar structure. He has performed hundreds of surgeries with the robot in Paterson and two have already been completed with Wayne’s new arrival, he noted.

“I am there to make sure that the surgeon has any instruments he may need,” Operating Room Nurse Maria Perez, often present for the robotic surgeries, said. “I make sure that the environment remains sterile and that the patient is comfortable.”

Jennifer Mendrzuycki, Senior VP/Site Executive and Outpatient Services said that she was thrilled with the new operating enhancement. “Implementation of the robot, rather than laparoscopic surgeries, ensures a faster recovery time and enables patients to spend less time in the hospital,” Mendrzuycki observed.  “Having the robot is truly an investment in people and our community.”  

As St. Joseph’s President & CEO Kevin Slavin and attendees watched closely, the informative session concluded with one arm of the robot stealthily clipping the celebratory ribbon, one snip at a time, until the two ends fluttered to the ground. 

“This is a great day,” Nurse Manager Robert Akal exclaimed after the event. “I’m glad that we’ll be able to perform more life-saving surgeries.”

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