We wrote about this one year ago, “Come to the mall to sit on Santa’s lap or play with his robotic surgery system.” So, I guess, two years running makes a tradition.
That was about some New Jersey doctors playing with their robot at a New Jersey mall. It must have been a big hit for the sponsoring medical center, because they’re doing it again this year in the same mall. Love this quote:
Larry Batille, who works in the mall, said he had seen it before and was curious as to how it worked. Batille said it was quite easy to maneuver, but it wasn’t exactly what he thought it was.
“I thought it was an eye test,” he said. “It was interesting because you don’t really know what doctors use when they perform surgery.”
This year, the mall robot demos are popping up across the country. First to catch our eye – because they mailed a news release – was an event sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners in Ohio.
Shoppers Invited to Operate Da Vinci Surgical Robot
WARREN, Ohio (Dec. 10, 2012) – St. Joseph Health Center, in cooperation with Intuitive Surgical, will offer shoppers the opportunity to “operate” using the da Vinci surgical robot during a special event Saturday, Dec. 15, at Eastwood Mall.
The da Vinci surgical system, which makes minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery possible, will be on display in the center court of Eastwood Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from Intuitive Surgical and physicians from St. Joseph Health Center who use the robot to perform minimally invasive procedures in place of more traditional open surgeries will be available to answer questions and guide those interested through a hands-on experience using the robot.
Shoppers will be able to explore robot-assisted surgery from the surgeon’s perspective – sitting at the surgeon’s console, viewing the surgical field from a superior 3-D vantage point, and using the robot to control surgical instruments.
Robot-assisted surgery is the world’s most advanced surgical treatment option for a wide range of conditions and became available at St. Joseph Health Center earlier this year. Humility of Mary Health Partners is the only health care provider in nine contiguous counties (Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage counties in Ohio, and Mercer, Lawrence and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania) to offer the world’s most advanced, minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery.
And just like that – ho, ho, ho – Santa delivers news coverage. See this in The Tribune Chronicle, “a daily morning newspaper serving Warren, Ohio and the Mahoning Valley area of the United States.” The story quoted one person saying, “The possibilities are unlimited.” Unlimited apparently includes inviting teen-aged students to “try their hand to a more advanced video game.” Excerpt:
”This is different from a video game. You get feedback immediately and you get the precise feel of what you’re doing,” said Sam Elliott, a junior at Warren Harding, who scored a 94 percent on the simulator on his first try.
Wow. Let’s sign up him to do his first robotic prostatectomy then!
The event allowed one of the surgeons to post a “Thank You” on his group’s website, and a video of a story by a local TV station. (You need to visit the group’s website in order to see the video – no embed code provided. Tip to the docs: embed code would assist your marketing efforts and allow for broader distribution of this insightful journalism.)
Clearly, this is not just a holiday tradition. A simple Web search shows:
I’m going to end my Web search because I must start my own list of “who’s naughty and nice.”
But as we wrote one year ago, there are important things that mall shoppers – health care consumers – were probably not told at this shopping site demos:
Ho, ho, ho.
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