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Peconic Bay Medical Center Names New Director Of Robotic Urology

Originally Posted: December 04, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, NY. (Photo: Courtesy of PBMC)

Riverhead- Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) recently upgraded its da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to the state-of-the-art da Vinci Si System. This week the hospital further reinforced its position as a regional leader for advanced surgical procedures by naming Dr. Scott Press as its Director of Robotic Urology.

Dr. Press is one of Suffolk County's first urologists to perform partial nephrectomies using the advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, a minimally invasive technology that offers faster recoveries with fewer complications, less pain and shorter hospitalizations.

"We are excited to have Dr. Press spearhead our Robotic Urology efforts," said Dr. Richard Kubiak, PBMC's Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. "He has been a regional leader in applying robotic techniques to urologic surgeries, and he is a recognized expert in the use of the new da Vinci Si system we have installed at our Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery."

"We can now provide state-of-the-art health care to people whose lives are endangered by problems like prostate cancer," said Andrew Mitchell, President and CEO of PBMC and the PBMC Health continuum of care. "We have the region's top technology and facilities for minimally invasive surgery, and we have one of the region's top urologic surgeons to lead our program."

Dr. Scott Press has been named as PBMC's Director of Robotic Urology (Photo: Courtesy of PBMC)

"Being named Director of PBMC's Robotic Urology program is a great honor," said Dr. Press. "It extends what has already been an outstanding relationship, and it represents a deepened commitment to bringing the benefits of advanced surgical technology to the community."

PBMC's advanced da Vinci Si System, uses miniaturized, remote-controlled high-definition 3-D cameras to see inside the body and single site incision. The procedure eliminates the need for large incisions, reducing blood loss and tissue damage to a fraction of what happens in traditional surgery. The fail-safe robotic controls enable incredibly nimble and precise movements of the surgical instruments, so the surgeon's skills are multiplied along with safety for the patient.

"The da Vinci gives me increased precision and range of motion, which makes even complex surgeries much easier and safer," said Dr. Press. "Surgery using da Vinci results in fewer complications for the patient. This means shorter hospital stays and a faster return to daily activities. This technique is especially effective for prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies; to protect and preserve post-surgical urinary control and sexual function."

Along with Dr. Press, PBMC has a half dozen da Vinci trained surgeons specializing in numerous surgical disciplines. They include Dr. Agostino Cervone, specializing in hernia, breast and general surgery; Dr. Jennifer Hill, Suffolk County's first female robotic-trained Urologic surgeon; Dr. Pinky Mehta, specializing in Bariatric surgery; Dr. Hannah Ortiz, specializing in Gynecologic Oncology; Dr. Brett Ruffo, specializing in Colorectal surgery and Dr. Ben Schwarz, specializing in Gynecologic Oncology.

Since installation of its original da Vinci system in 2010, PBMC has earned recognition by a leading national consumer ratings agency as one of the top two hospitals for patient safety in the Tri-State area, and one of the top three in all of New York State.

"With Dr. Press as Director of Robotic Urology, we will be able to augment our robotic initiatives and expand an area that is rapidly becoming a recognized standard of care for some surgeries," said Mitchell. "In addition to providing more advanced surgical capabilities, our da Vinci Si unit will enable Dr. Press to assist and train other surgeons in the most effective and advanced techniques that will benefit the entire community for years to come."

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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