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Queens Hospital unveils “Quincy Queens”, cutting-edge da Vinci surgical robot revolutionizes patient care

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In a groundbreaking move to redefine surgical capabilities and elevate patient outcomes, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens inaugurated the state-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, affectionately named “Quincy Queens.”

The hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, showcasing the advanced technology that promises to transform surgical, inpatient, and ambulatory care departments at Queens Hospital.

Since December, the hospital has pioneered minimally invasive robotic surgery with the da Vinci System, performing 11 gynecological and 3 urological operations, with general surgery set to commence in early spring.

The institution envisions completing over 300 robotic cases in 2024 alone, embodying a strategic vision to enhance patient experience and clinical outcomes.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens CEO, Neil J. Moore, highlighted the significance of this technological milestone, emphasizing the benefits patients will enjoy: minimal incision scarring, reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times. Moore expressed pride in bringing cutting-edge care to the community, aligning with the hospital’s commitment to providing tomorrow’s technology today.

Chief Nursing Officer Abbi-Gail Baboolal applauded the peri-op nursing team’s preparation for expanded roles, emphasizing Quincy’s precision and artificial intelligence components.

The robotic system, located in OR #4, promises enhanced quality care, patient satisfaction, and decreased length-of-stays, contributing to reduced healing times.

Chief of Surgery James O’Connor echoed the sentiment, highlighting the magnification capability of the da Vinci System and its potential to minimize pain, ensuring increased comfort for patients. He anticipates performing more minimally invasive surgeries across various disciplines, emphasizing the advancement in patient care for the community’s benefit.

Chief of OB-GYN Service, Mohamed Ghafar, MD, FACOG, FACS, expressed confidence in the da Vinci System as the wave of the future, predicting an improved hospital experience that directly correlates with enhanced quality of life for patients. Dr. Ghafar, the first to perform surgery with the new robot, showcased its capabilities during a demonstration at the ribbon-cutting event.

Highlighting a commitment to education, a class of students from Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School witnessed the unveiling and observed a live demonstration by Dr. Ghafar and Mary Philip, RN, MS, Director of Nursing/Perioperative Service.

The integration of this cutting-edge technology in education aligns with NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens’ dedication to fostering future healthcare professionals.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens now stands as the tenth facility in the public health system equipped with the da Vinci Robotic System, joining the ranks of other facilities such as Bellevue, Elmhurst, South Brooklyn Health, and Kings County, marking a collective stride toward innovative patient care in the greater New York City area.

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