A $2.5M ‘bot in the arm for Southside Hospital

Work of art: Bay Shore's Southside Hospital now boasts its own $2.5 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

A state-of-the-art surgical robot is bringing new options to Southside Hospital patients requiring a laundry list of minimally invasive procedures.

Named for the innovative 15th-to-16th century Italian artist, scientist and engineer, the $2.5 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System offers unparalleled precision for cardiac, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic procedures, as well as surgical oncology and other general surgeries.

The da Vinci Xi robot employs cutting-edge laser-targeting systems that help surgeons pinpoint precise surgical sites, while providing high-definition, three-dimensional views of the patient’s surgical zone.

The multifaceted robot, produced by Connecticut-based med-tech maker Intuitive Surgical Inc., also boasts “a greater range of motion than any human, allowing for better access to the surgical site,” according to Northwell Health, which operates Southside Hospital.

Donna Moravick: Southside robo-top.

Southside Hospital becomes the latest Long Island-based Northwell Health facility to adopt the da Vinci system, following the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital.

The $2.5 million investment reflects the Bay Shore hospital’s “commitment to the best minimally invasive surgical options,” Northwell Health said in a statement. It’s also a natural next step for a hospital that employs “some of the best robotic surgeons in the area,” according to Southside Hospital Executive Director Donna Moravick.

“We will take any opportunity we can to provide these topnotch surgeons with the best technology,” Moravick said.

In 2016, Southside Hospital earned an Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation from the Surgical Review Corp., a North Carolina-based global accreditation organization focused on surgeon education and patient quality-of-care issues.