Baptist Health Paducah 300PADUCAH, Ky. (3/13/18) — Baptist Health Paducah, which brought robotic surgery to the area 10 years ago, has been named a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.
Baptist Health Paducah is the first hospital in western Kentucky to receive this designation, which is based on volume, outcomes and the different types of procedures offered within a program. The SRC
robotic accreditation program ensures that the safest, highest quality of care is delivered to robotic surgery patients worldwide, regardless of where they choose to have their procedure performed.
In addition, six Baptist surgeons have been named Surgeons of Excellence by the SRC. They are obstetrician-gynecologists Blair Tolar, MD; Amber Savells, MD, and Matthew Sublette; and urologists Donald Spicer, MD; Michael Knox, MD, and Matthew Young, MD. The COERS program was developed to recognize surgeons and facilities worldwide performing robotic procedures and achieving defined standards for patient safety and care quality.
“The SRC accreditation program fosters quality improvement in robotic surgery,” Dr. Tolar said. “Commitment to this process has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. Most importantly, our commitment to excellence will improve the health and well-being of our patients.”
Baptist Health brought the first da Vinci surgical system to western Kentucky in 2008. The da Vinci seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient in an area smaller than would be required for the surgeon’s hands.
“It is an honor to receive this designation,” said Dr. Spicer, medical director of robotic surgery. “In the 10 years since Baptist Health Paducah brought robotic surgery to this area, our patients have benefitted from less invasive treatment and faster recovery. It is a win-win for our patients and the hospital.”

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