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Lake City Medical Center: $1.6 Mil Investment In Robotic Surgery

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Following the recent unveiling of construction to expand Lake City Medical Center, the hospital announced that it had added another $1.6 million in technology in the form of a da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot by Intuitive Surgical.

On track to conclude in July, the da Vinci is in addition to nearly $9 million expansion included in the current expansion phase.

The Medical Center expansion will create dozens of jobs while increasing access to healthcare in the Lake City-Columbia County community.

LCMC's surgical and nursing tech team training on the new da Vinci.
LCMC's surgical and nursing tech team training on the new da Vinci.                     (LCMC photo)

CEO Rick Nagler said, “We are committed to the health of our community on a large and growing scale. With physical and technological expansion projects totaling well over $10 million occurring in 2021, we remain fully invested in providing positive healthcare outcomes for those in our community and surrounding communities.”

Mr. Nagler continued, “We will continue to expand our capacity and build onto the services and procedures offered here because we are growing for the future, raising the bar of healthcare, and striving for the improvement of human life in our community.”

Lake City Medical Center’s new robotic surgery is on the leading edge of surgical robotics. The new surgical system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, and general surgery. By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen, the new system expands upon core robotic features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design for the operating physician.

The implementation of surgical robotics at LCMC will be for general surgery procedures, including cholecystectomy, appendectomy, hernia repair, and gynecology procedures.

Those candidates for surgery using this system can look forward to shorter recovery times, minimized surgical exposure, and smaller and more precise incisions.

Noah Walker, a Columbia County resident, is the director of marketing and PR at the Lake City Medical Center.

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