Technology Where It Counts

Henry Mayo Invests in Advanced Medical Devices to Better Serve Patients

In alignment with its mission to improve the health of the Santa Clarita Valley community through compassion and excellence in healthcare, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital recently invested in advanced surgical and service-line technologies.
These capital investments give physicians the tools to provide top-level healthcare and offer patients more treatment options. When considering new technology acquisitions, Henry Mayo exercises due diligence in evaluating the equipment and how it benefits patients (for example: faster healing and recovery times and more positive outcomes).

“Patients are always our priority, and they are the primary reason for the hospital investing in this technology,” said Larry Kidd, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Henry Mayo. “We are very responsive to the requests of patients and to the preferences of our surgeons who are asking for this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Henry Mayo surgeons are already using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System—the latest version available—with positive results. The system utilizes advanced robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist surgeons. It is the only one of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley area. The da Vinci is designed to allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. It includes a 3-D high-definition vision system that gives surgeons a close-up view of the area they are operating on.

“Robot-assisted surgery has many benefits, including smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain and faster recovery times,” said Henry Mayo surgeon Sevan Stepanian, MD, who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Dr. Stepanian performed the first robot-assisted surgery at Henry Mayo in July.Surgeons control 100 percent of the actions of the da Vinci System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments. Henry Mayo physicians are initially using the system for urological, gynecological and general surgical procedures (e.g., gall bladder operations), and they plan to expand into other areas in the future.

“Patient safety is No. 1 and we are always interested in technology that provides better and safer care for our patients,” said Josh Sheridan, RN, Clinical Manager of Henry Mayo’s Outpatient Surgery Center. The Surgery Center recently acquired a Fiagnon® Navigation System for use in complex ear, nose and throat surgeries. “We are always looking to be on the cutting edge and set a standard for quality patient care,” Sheridan said. Another recent capital acquisition at Henry Mayo: hyperbaric chambers for the newly expanded Wound Care Clinic, which has been serving the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond for almost 14 years. The chamber uses 100 percent oxygen to speed the healing of wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries and bone infections. Benefits of oxygen therapy include faster healing times, reduced risk of infection, preservation of injured tissue, growth of new blood cells and oxygenation of the tissue. 

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides Santa Clarita residents with the most advanced option for our wound care patients,” said Brian Downs, MD.
Typical treatment involves 90-minute sessions for five days during the week. While in the chamber, patients can watch TV, talk on the phone or just relax.

“This is not a routine technology for hospitals,” Kidd said. “We are pleased to be able to expand and offer more comprehensive services to the community. Henry Mayo will continue to invest strategically as the hospital grows to meet patient needs.” IYH