Robotic surgery earns WellSpan York Hospital recognition

Cris Collingwood//April 20, 2023

The six WellSpan surgeons who received the robotic Master Surgeon designation are (from left to right) Dr. Ricardo Patton U Po, Dr. Faiz Shariff, Dr. Benjamin Vabi, Dr. Carlos Roberts, Dr. Eav Lim, and Dr. Scott Tiedebohl – PHOTO/PROVIDED

Robotic surgery earns WellSpan York Hospital recognition

Cris Collingwood//April 20, 2023

WellSpan York Hospital has been accredited as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. 

The accreditation from Surgical Review Corp. (SRC), a nonprofit patient safety organization, makes it the first health care facility in southcentral Pennsylvania to receive the recognition, WellSpan Health Central Region said. 

Robotic surgery spans multiple specialties, including gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urology, urogynecology, bariatric, thoracic, colorectal, and general surgery. 

 “Earning this accreditation signifies our commitment to excellence and to providing high quality, safe, and effective surgical care that matches the skills of our expert clinicians,” said Victoria Diamond, senior vice president, WellSpan Health Central Region, and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “SRC thoroughly reviewed our surgical outcomes data, medical records and internal processes to confirm what we’ve always known: that the surgical teams behind the medical devices are the very best at what they do.” 

SRC accredits top facilities, surgeons, and medical professionals worldwide. Healthcare facilities and surgeons seeking SRC accreditation undergo an extensive assessment and inspection process to ensure the applicant meets SRC’s proven standards and requirements, WellSpan Health Central Region said. 

The requirements include surgical volumes, facility equipment, clinical pathways, and standardized operating procedures emphasizing patient education and continuous quality assessment. Inspectors educate staff in the accredited departments on best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. 

“We’re proud to recognize WellSpan York Hospital for its commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, chief executive officer of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this facility is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.” 

In addition to WellSpan York Hospital achieving the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery accreditation, six surgeons at the hospital have achieved the designation of Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery from SRC. They are Dr. Faiz Shariff specializes in robotic bariatric surgery, Dr. Ricardo Patton Po and Dr. Benjamin Vabi in colorectal surgery, Dr. Carlos Roberts and Dr. Eav Lim in gynecologic surgery and Dr. Scott Tiedebohl in thoracic surgery. 

 “We couldn’t be prouder of our surgical team and robotic surgeons for achieving this accreditation,” said Dr. Tony Aquilina, executive vice president and chief physician executive at WellSpan Health. “It ensures that our teams are all aligned in our mission to provide the best outcomes for our patients as they are seeking access to high quality healthcare from top surgical providers right here in South Central Pennsylvania.”   

WellSpan York Hospital has 21 surgeons across eight specialties with four high-tech robots. The team has been performing robotic surgeries for over 15 years and more than 10,000 patients have had this type of surgery with the da Vinci robot since 2008.