Robotic Surgery Creates ‘New Opportunity’ for Steward

CORTLAND, Ohio — Steward Medical Group is building its robotic surgery offerings with its new Steward Specialty Care center at 2630 Elm Road NE, Building C.

The health provider invested $75,000 to renovate the previously unused 3,650-square-foot space and officially opened the center Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting. The center and its team, led by Dr. Pablo Giuseppucci, is dedicated to provided robotic-assisted surgical services.

“It’s just the start. We’re able to do much more complex procedures,” said Bob Rogalski, president for Steward Medical Group of Pennsylvania and Ohio. “This is incredibly important for us as we grow in this market as Steward provides local, high-quality health care to the residents of Pennsylvania and Ohio.”

On hand for the ribbon-cutting were Thomas Rink, Bazetta Township Fire Chief; Bazetta Township Trustees Bob McBride and Michael Morelli; Krista McFadden, president of Trumbull Regional Medical Center; Brian Dinger, senior practice manager, Steward Medical Group, Ohio & PA; Rachel Beels, nurse practitioner; Dr. Pablo Giuseppucci, general and robotic surgeon; registered nurses Amelia Hanna and Sue Heming; and Lisa McConnel, medical assistant.

Using the Da Vinci Surgical System provides “a step up,” as surgeons can make incisions as small as eight millimeters, Giuseppucci said. This allows for rapid recovery with little to no use of narcotics or pain medication, he said, and patients can return to their daily routine quicker.

“The most important thing is we can keep high-quality care and complex procedures in the area,” Giuseppucci said.

Procedures can include gall bladder removal and appendectomies, said Krista McFadden, president of Trumbull Regional Medical Center. Patients can recover close to home without having the added stress of traveling and worrying about the weather or how long they’ll be away, she said.

Bringing the specialty care center to Cortland has been a work in progress for about four years, she said.

“We are so excited. I can’t even explain to you what it means to have robotically-trained specialists in this area,” McFadden said. “With [Giuseppucci], there is advanced robotic training. This year, we are focusing on building the robotics program.

“This brings to general surgery a new opportunity,” she said.

Rounding out the team at the center are Rachel Beels, nurse practitioner; Dr. Penelope Mashburn, general surgery; Dr. Saad Hatahet, urology; and Dr. Tara Shipman, obstetrician and gynecologist.

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