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Free Program on Robotic Surgery at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Chicago, Ill. – October 10, 2013 – Imagine test driving a robot that is actually used during minimally invasive robotic surgery. If you want to learn firsthand about the benefits of robotic surgery, don’t miss a free program, “Recover Faster with Robotic Surgery” at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on October 24 at the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., Chicago. The program will be held in the main entrance lobby, first floor.

PSMEMC surgeons will discuss how this revolutionary technology is enhancing patient care for many surgeries. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with surgeons, and try out the equipment. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served during the evening.

The benefits of robotic surgery are faster recovery, less pain, smaller incisions, barely visible scars, less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay.

PSMEMC recently acquired the da Vinci Surgical System – which gives surgeons an incredibly close-up 3-D view inside the body – magnified 10 times. Designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities, the system translates hand actions into precise micro-movements of specialized instruments. Using the system, surgeons can perform complex, delicate procedures through tiny incisions.

During the procedure, a surgeon sits at a console next to the robot and controls the robotic arms with his hands. The equipment also features a monitor that provides 3-D visualization, which enhances accuracy and control so the physician can easily perform surgery. The robotic equipment also allows the surgeon to have access to hard-to-reach areas.

"We are thrilled to offer residents in our community the latest robotic surgery equipment – conveniently close to their homes,” said Martin Judd, CEO and executive vice president, PSMEMC.  “We hope area residents attend the event to learn more about this technology and how it is changing surgery."

PSMEMC offers the latest in minimally invasive robotic surgery for hysterectomy; uterine fibroid removal; colon, prostate or kidney cancer; gallbladder issues and pelvic prolapse. PSMEMC has five surgeons trained and credentialed to perform robotic surgery.

To register for the program, please visit http://presencehealth.org/services/introducing-robotic-surgery or call 877-737-INFO (4636).

About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 18 in the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. Visit our website at smemc.reshealth.org.

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health
PSMEMC is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.

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