McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Hosts Cottage Grove High School Students
Springfield, OR. McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is offering a very special educational opportunity to the Robotics Club and All Girls Engineering Tech Class at Cottage Grove High School. On Tuesday April 26, students, along with their teachers and chaperones will receive education from a robotically trained surgeon and will experience a hands-on demonstration of the surgical robotic system and dual console.
"In these challenging economic times, it is nice to have McKenzie-Willamette offer to provide education to our students." Says, Denise Beauchamp, Transition Specialist. "This group is focused on robotics and the many ways robots are used in today’s world. They are especially interested in seeing and experiencing how robots can provide benefit in health care."
The students will arrive at 10 am Tuesday morning. They will receive education from Zena Monji, M.D. the first surgeon in Oregon to perform a hysterectomy with the assistance of the robot. They will then change into scrubs and enter the operating room where they will receive a hands-on experience with the two surgical robots and dual console.
In 2006, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (MWMC) stepped out as the local leader in minimally invasive surgery by installing a daVinci surgical system. As a result, MWMC became the second Oregon hospital to invest in the system, and the first successful robotic program in the state. Robotic surgery is now frequently used in benign gynecological surgeries for women such as hysterectomies, uterine fibroid removal, surgical repair of the pelvic floor, and the removal of endometriosis, and by Gynecologic-Oncologists for the treatment of cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers. Urologists utilize the robot for prostate removal in men and for kidney and bladder surgeries in men, women and children. Since 2006, surgeons at MWMC have completed over 1,000 robotic-assisted gynecologic and urologic surgeries.