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Hoag Receives National Recognition as Leader in Robotic-Assisted Surgeries

Having recently surpassed 15,000 robotic surgeries and serving as a pioneering leader in patient safety and technological innovation for more than a decade, Hoag recently received a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) accreditation from Surgical Review Corporation, an internationally recognized patient safety organization.

Hoag is one of only two programs in the nation that Intuitive Surgical utilizes for their Executive Enrichment Program. Executives, physician leaders, and surgeons from all over the country come to see the program that Hoag has built. The COERS designation further recognizes Hoag’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement in patient care.

“We are proud of the dedication of our physician leaders and grateful to our philanthropic supporters who have made it possible for Hoag to become a global leader in innovative care,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “This advanced technology allows our physicians to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our patients.”

Thanks to philanthropic support from the community, Hoag currently has eight robots between its two hospital campuses, and is the first hospital in Southern California to utilize the innovative da Vinci single port (SP) robotic system allowing surgeons to perform complex urologic procedures through a one-inch incision. Hoag is the fourth-highest volume provider of robotic-assisted surgeries in the nation.

This year, the Surgical Review Corporation added a new category of Master Surgeons that included specialties in thoracic (lung and heart), gynecology, colorectal, urology and general surgery. Hoag is a renowned leader in this exceptional field of medicine, with 42 surgeons from eight specialties working together to create a nationally recognized robotics program.

“Computer-assisted technology is becoming the standard of care at Hoag in cancer, women’s health, cardiovascular conditions, general surgery, colorectal, gynecology, urology, thoracic and others,” Braithwaite said.

The COERS designation underscores the commitment Hoag has made to leveraging technology to elevate patient safety. Only hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care receive the national distinction. Hoag’s program is structured to help robotic surgeons continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

“Robotics have completely altered the landscape of surgical care in the nation, and Hoag is a recognized leader in this new frontier,” said Braithwaite. “Patients who in the past would not have been qualified for surgery because traditional techniques were too invasive are now routinely able to undergo life-saving procedures. Robotic-assisted surgeries have improved outcomes, preserved quality of life and saved lives in every specialty of medicine.”