Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center recently achieved accreditation from Surgical Review Corp. as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. SRC also awarded the Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery accreditation to Pascack Valley Medical Center’s physician program director of robotic surgery, Dr. Yitzhack Asulin, and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Kayal.
Status as an accredited Center of Excellence means that Pascack Valley Medical Center has met nationally and internationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous inspection process are granted accreditation.
“These accreditations are a direct reflection of our organization’s commitment to surgical excellence,” Emily Holliman, CEO at Pascack Valley Medical Center, said. “I am proud of the achievements our team has made and continues to make in the field of robotics. We are investing in technologies that partner with our team’s skills to provide patients with safe, high-quality care, right in the Pascack Valley community.”
“I am exceptionally honored and grateful to be recognized as a master surgeon by the SRC for my work in robotic surgery,” Asulin said. “This success is a collaborative effort and could not have been accomplished without the continuous support of my team at Pascack Valley Medical Center. Our team fosters an environment focused on exceeding clinical benchmarks and delivering optimal patient outcomes.”
Health care facilities and surgeons seeking an SRC accreditation undergo an extensive assessment and inspection process to ensure the applicant meets SRC’s proven standards and requirements. Pascack Valley Medical Center met requirements including surgical volumes, facility equipment, clinical pathways and standardized operating procedures, an emphasis on patient education and continuous quality assessment. In addition, robust education was provided to nursing and support staff, and the hospital employs a certified surgery physician assistant dedicated to robotic surgery.
Pascack Valley Medical Center offers patients access to four robotic surgery systems for a variety of minimally invasive surgical needs. The hospital performs high complexity cases using the robotic technology, including gynecological conditions such as endometriosis.