St. Petersburg, FL — St. Petersburg General Hospital announced it has again achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation, effective for three years, enables clinicians, patients, payors and policymakers to distinguish specific healthcare facilities that deliver high-quality patient care in robotic surgery, as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. The hospital is the only facility in the Tampa Bay area to receive this designation.

“We are proud of our continuing advancements in robotic surgery and in fostering a culture of excellence here at St. Petersburg General Hospital,” said Ken Wicker, CEO. “This Center of Excellence designation demonstrates the extensive breadth and depth of experience here exhibited by both the surgeons and our operating room teams. The accreditation serves as a testament to our exceptional clinical expertise, top-of-the-line technologies and procedures, and strong track record of positive patient outcomes and high patient satisfaction.”

With three surgical robots, St. Petersburg General Hospital serves as a leader in robotic-assisted surgery in the Tampa Bay area. To earn a Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence designation, the hospital underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the robotic program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes were collected. Evaluations are completed annually, and a site inspection is performed every three years. St. Petersburg General Hospital first received this accreditation in 2018.  

This designation is the most recent of a number of accomplishments in robotic surgery for St. Petersburg General Hospital. In 2011, the hospital was designated as a Robotic Surgery Training Epicenters by Intuitive Surgical Inc.,the Tampa Bay area's first robotic single-site hysterectomy was performed in 2012 at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, known as the “Cycle of Excellence, results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvement in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. To measure improvement and develop best practices, SRC offers a multispecialty outcomes database that is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for minimally invasive gynecologic and bariatric surgery. For more information, visit SurgicalReview.org.