WellSpan York Hospital installed CorPath GRX in July 2017 and has completed over 100 robotic procedures. Samantha Lentz, RCIS, and the cath lab team, have been a critical component in the success of York’s robotic program.
Implementation of a comprehensive program can push your hospital ahead of the curve by offering the latest in precision medicine for your patients. At the same time, your hospital will be investing in the safety of the physicians and staff who spend their lives devoted to caring for others. We discussed the importance of robotics with Samantha – get to know more about her role and experience with the CorPath System.
Tell us about your background and credentials.
SL: I received my Associate of Science in Health Science and have been a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) for 5 years.
How has robotics changed the way you look at the delivery of cardiac/vascular care?
SL: I consider robotics a high level of evolving technology. Just this past spring (May 2018), I attended the first annual RoboSummit – a meeting sponsored by Corindus for all robotics users. It was exciting to have physicians and techs from different facilities together to hear stories of how far the technology has come and where it is going in the future. Robotics also offers a level of precision that physicians may not have when performing procedures manually.
What is your favorite part of robotics?
SL: Robotics allows technologists to have a greater role in the procedure. During robotic interventions, I have gained expertise in certain bedside functions and more technical responsibilities. In addition, we’ve seen robotics being implemented throughout different healthcare sectors, and I’m proud to be a part of a facility on the forefront of this technology.
Do you like having more ownership in the procedure?
SL: Definitely; my favorite part of the procedure is being independent at the table. With robotics, there’s a need for techs, fellows, and bedside staff to own more steps of the procedure. Learning a new technology and developing my own skills has been an exciting part of using the robot.
How many cases did it take for you to get proficient with exchanges?
SL: I began feeling comfortable with exchanges after about 5 robotic procedures. With increasing complexity of cases, the more you do, the better. As we continue utilizing robotics, my skill level and speed of exchanges has increased.
Have you developed a closer relationship with the robotic physicians as a result?
SL: Even before implementing robotics, our lab staff established strong relationships which have been critical to our success. This foundation helped us prepare for the responsibilities and trust that are necessary for a successful robotic program.
Do you believe robotics is the future?
SL: Yes, I believe as we continue to see more and more patients with increasingly complex cases, the use of robotic technology will grow. The robot’s precision has the potential to increase the number of physicians that can perform complex PCIs or CTOs.
What do you enjoy doing outside the cath lab?
SL: Outside the cath lab, I enjoy working out, running, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends!
What are your plans for the future?
SL: Keeping up with my technologist roles and maybe considering the cardiac industry.
York has been on the forefront of robotic technology. Check out the video of York's full team demonstrating robotic PCI. Congratulations to Samantha and the team for their commitment to building a robotic program!
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