Crittenton Designated First GYN/ONC Epicenter

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center has been designated the first Gynecological/Oncology Epicenter in the country by Intuitive Surgical Systems – maker of the da Vinci® surgical robot.  Robotic surgery is minimally invasive and represents the third generation of surgery going beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site. 

The benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal scarring and improved cosmetic healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced pain following surgery
  • Smaller incisions

The epicenter program is designed to provide less experienced da Vinci® surgeons from the Midwest the opportunity to observe cases performed by Dr. Douglas Pugmire, Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery at Crittenton.  Visiting surgeons may also benefit by receiving proctoring at their institution and the ability to refer difficult benign and gynecological oncology cases to Dr. Pugmire.

Dr. Pugmire has performed over 600 robotic surgeries and performs more than 100 robotic procedures annually. According to Dr. Pugmire, “This designation speaks volumes about Crittenton’s commitment to enhancing the health status of the community and establishes its place on the national healthcare stage.”     

For more information on robotic procedures at Crittenton, please call (248) 601-4902 or e-mail  .


About Crittenton:

1101 W. University Drive, Rochester


Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is a 290-bed acute health care facility serving communities in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties. The medical staff of nearly 500 physicians provides a wide range of medical specialties. Crittenton’s partnerships with the University of Michigan Health System for cardiovascular surgery and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center for oncology services make it the destination of choice in its community. As a fully-accredited teaching facility, Crittenton provides a campus for residents from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine who are specializing in Family Medicine, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Crittenton also is a teaching campus for nurses from Oakland University’s School of Nursing.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.:

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients return more quickly to active and productive lives. The Company’s mission is to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive Surgical – Taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand™.

About the da Vinci® Surgical System:

The da Vinci® System is a breakthrough surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci® System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer technology, the da Vinci® System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist® instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Intuitive®, da Vinci®, da Vinci S®, da Vinci® Si™, InSite® and EndoWrist® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at

CONTACT: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
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