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Rex Healthcare Designated First Robotic Surgery Epicenter in North Carolina

Dr. Jack Inge to Lead da Vinci® Team That will Train Surgeons from Across the Country

Learn more about Robotic Surgery at Rex

June 28, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rex Healthcare, one of the busiest robotic surgery centers in the Southeast, is now designated as a training ground for teaching surgeons how to perform hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries using the da Vinci® robot.

The designation as an Intuitive Surgical GYN Epicenter puts Rex in an elite category - the only Epicenter in North Carolina and one of only 21 nationwide.

The Rex Epicenter team will be led by Dr. Jack Inge, a physician with Mid-Carolina Obstetrics & Gynecology and the first surgeon to perform a robotic hysterectomy at Rex in 2008. Inge has built a reputation for excellence, and is sought out by surgeons across the Southeast to teach the latest in robotic surgical techniques. This Epicenter distinction will bring surgeons from other hospitals across North Carolina and the country to Rex to learn from Inge.

"Robotic surgery is the ultimate minimally invasive surgery," Inge said. "It's faster surgery, with smaller incisions, faster recovery, less scarring and less pain. Patients go home sooner and can get back to their normal lives in a fraction of the time that traditional surgery requires."

Inge and other physicians have performed more than 2,250 robotic surgeries at Rex since the hospital installed its first da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System in 2008. The latest generation of robot is used by more than two dozen surgeons for a wide range of gynecological, urological and general surgical procedures.

Rex was chosen for the Epicenter designation by Intuitive Surgical because of the hospital's expertise, standard for excellence in patient outcomes and dedication to teaching physicians as they adopt the latest, state-of-the-art technology into their surgical practices.

"Other surgeons view Dr. Inge and the Rex surgical team as best in class, mostly because of the successful robotic surgeries we perform on patients every day," said Jayne Byrd, Rex's vice president of Surgical Services. "Physicians can visit Rex, see the teamwork and realize that they can do successful robotic surgeries at their own hospitals."

For more information about robotic surgery at Rex or its da Vinci® robot, visit rexhealth.com/robotic-surgery.


 About Rex Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women's care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex's medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker's Hospital Review in 2011.