St. Petersburg General Hospital has achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation is the latest in a long list of robotic surgery achievements, again distinguishing St. Pete General Hospital as synonymous with superior patient care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Truly excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility at which the surgery is performed. Accreditation enables patients to distinguish specific healthcare providers who have met the rigorous requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative care. SRC reviewed both the hospital and co-applicant, board-certified robotic GYN surgeon Meenakshi Jain, MD., who has performed almost 2000 robotic procedures at St. Petersburg General Hospital since 2008 and performs more than 160 robotic procedures each year here. This prolific dedication and effort in the field of robotic surgery has also earned Dr. Jain the designation of Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery by SRC, independently of the hospital accreditation. She is one of 18 Robotic Master Surgeons worldwide.

"I am passionate about offering minimally invasive robotic surgery for my patients. This Center of Excellence designation demonstrates the extensive breadth and depth of experience here exhibited by both the surgeons and the operating room teams," detailed Dr. Jain.

Dr. Jain graduated with a Doctor in Medicine degree from MAMC- Delhi, India and completed her internship and residency in Rochester, NY. She has been practicing for over 30 years as a board certified Gynecologist, leading a busy and successful practice. She gives the gift of time to her patients, getting to the root of whatever the issue may be.

Since 2008, St. Pete General has been a leader in Robotic-assisted surgery in the Tampa Bay area and in 2011 was designated as 1 of 2 Robotic Surgery Training Epicenters in Florida, with Dr. Jain named as a mentor/proctor to train physicians from across the country by the maker of the robot. Dr. Jain performed the Tampa Bay area's first robotic single-site hysterectomy in 2012 at St. Pete General Hospital and the hospital has proficiently utilized two robots simultaneously since 2014, recently upgrading to the next-generation robot.

"We are committed to consistently delivering safe, high-quality care and making a positive difference for our robotic surgery patients," stated hospital CEO, Janice Balzano.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of 43 designated Robotic Surgery Centers of Excellence worldwide by SRC. To earn a Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence designation, St. Petersburg General 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. Status as an accredited organization means the hospital has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by SRC.

SRC develops and administers best-in-class excellence programs for surgeons, hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities throughout the world. These programs are focused on improving the safety and quality of patient care, and lowering the overall costs associated with successful treatment. Data from program participants determines which treatments have the best outcomes. This information enables clinicians, patients, payors and policymakers to make informed decisions that will improve healthcare at an individual level and for each specialty's patient population as a whole.