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Highland’s Gynecology Program Earns US News and World Report Regional Ranking

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dr. Eugene Toy and the Davinci System

Highland Hospital has been listed in US News & World Report's first-ever Best Regional Hospitals 2010-11 rankings for the quality of its gynecology specialty services.

The new rankings, available on the magazine’s website, include selected hospitals in 52 metropolitan areas with more than one million residents.  The Best Regional Hospitals listing recognizes hospitals that score within the top 25 percent of all 4,852 eligible hospitals ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

URMC’s Strong Memorial Hospital reached that high-performance threshold in 11 of 16 specialties. Rochester General Hospital rounded out the Rochester hospital listings with several specialties.

For 20 years, US News & World Report has ranked hospitals annually on a combination of factors including reputation, number of patients treated, survival rate, technology, and other program variables. The new regional rankings are based on scores released last July.

Based on annualized inpatient data for 2010, Highland leads all New York state hospitals in the number of minimally invasive, robotic hysterectomy cases performed. Only 7 percent of hysterectomies performed in New York hospitals were done robotically in 2010, compared to 34 percent at Highland. Statewide only 22 percent of hysterectomies for endometrial cancer were done robotically, compared to 73 percent at Highland.

Robotic surgery provides patients with less invasive surgery that’s been shown to be as effective as traditional surgery, but with shorter recovery times and lower complication rates. At Highland, which has a dedicated inpatient unit for women’s surgeries, the average length of hospital stay for all types of hysterectomies is consistently below the New York state average.

"When Highland Hospital added robotic surgery technology in 2008, it brought new options to patients of Upstate New York and the gynecological oncology surgeons caring for them," said Brent DuBeshter, M.D., director of Gynecologic Oncology and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He and fellow URMC faculty members Cynthia Angel, M.D., Sajeena Thomas, M.D., and Eugene Toy, M.D., together lead the state in robotic gynecologic surgery, with the majority of their patients treated at Highland Hospital. Toy was the first gynecological oncology surgeon in Rochester to perform robotic surgeries.

Minimally invasive gynecological oncology surgery is used for women with uterine cancer, cervical cancer and low-grade or early stage ovarian cancer. Hysterectomy traditionally requires a three- to four-day hospital stay. Wound infection is one potential complication of the procedure, and can require readmission and more care. The robotic procedure requires a few incisions of eight to 12 millimeters, dramatically reducing the number of wound infections. Hospital length of stay drops from three or four days for traditional surgery to as little as one day with the robotic procedure. Recovery is much faster too: two weeks for a robotic procedure compared to six weeks for a traditional hysterectomy.

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