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For Immediate Release: April 4, 2019

First Robotic Assisted Surgery a Success

Pender Community Hospital is pleased to announce the success of their first ever, minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery.

The surgery, a hernia repair, took place this morning. Dr. Mark Abraham performed the procedure using the hospital's new da Vinci Surgical System.

"The procedure went very well and the patient is now recovering," says Dr. Abraham. "It's rare to see this level of technology at a critical access hospital. Pender Community Hospital is going above and beyond, engaging in healthcare technology, to provide the best care for their patients. I'm pleased to be able to perform these procedures in a local and convenient manner."

"We are proud to be the first critical access hospital in Nebraska to offer this level of robotic surgery," says Melissa Kelly, CEO. "Our mission as a hospital is to provide a continuum of exceptional healthcare services in a healing environment. Providing our patients with state-of-the-art technology that is near their local community helps us achieve this mission."

This is just the first of many surgeries that the da Vinci system will be a part of: The next general surgery case is scheduled for next week, with plans to expand into gynecological and urological surgery offerings next.

The da Vinci Surgical System features several key patient and provider benefits, including:


  • Magnified vision system that gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside the patient's body

  • Ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating

  • Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand

  • Minimally invasive techniques that, studies show, provide less pain, shorter recovery times and better outcomes than traditional surgery

"We are fortunate to have this system and the expertise that Dr. Abraham brings to our facility," says Melissa. "We will continue to innovate, offering key services to our patients and look forward to providing the latest technology now and for years to come."

About the da Vinci System: The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. It is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon's hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient. One of the instruments is a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end that sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery.

About Pender Community Hospital: Pender's hospital dates back to 1913. Over the years, the Pender Community Medical System has become a model of an effective Rural Health System. Through the loyalty and generous support of everyone making up the hospital district, plus the dedication of the medical staff, Board of Directors, and hospital staff, we continue to deliver top quality health care.