High Definition Technology in Operating Room

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center Introduces Cutting Edge Technology for the High Definition Operating Room

HARTSVILLE, SC (March 3, 2011) — High Definition Televisions (HDTV) are for much more than watching the Super Bowl and The World Series, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center HDTV means less scars and faster healing with single-incision surgeries.  This technology offers the surgeons at Carolina Pines an unparalled and incredibly innovative system delivering exceptional results that help provide the best in patient care.

The system at Carolina Pines includes high definition flat panel monitors, high definition camera, high definition wireless information management system and a medical grade printer. “The $185,000 investment to purchase this technology was made with our patients and surgeons in mind.” said Lance Jones, Carolina Pines CEO.  “Being able to provide our patients with an opportunity to have single-incision surgeries that allow less down-time for healing and less discomfort and scaring with only one incision in the belly button is a win-win situation for everyone.  We are excited to be one of the few hospitals in SC offering this technology.”

This method of surgery can be used for several general surgical procedures such as removal of appendices or ballbladders and in some gynecological surgeries as well.  Dr. Terry Hassler, Chief of Surgery says, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this technology to our patients and to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experience for our patients.”  Dr. Art Cooler, the first surgeon at Carolina Pines to perform a single-incision surgery adds, “The latest advances in technology in the operating room have allowed us to have the clearest and state of the art pictures and images for our laparoscopic surgical procedures.   This affords us the opportunity to remain in the forefront of the realm of  health care and medical technology at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center right here in Hartsville, SC.”

“This HD Technology is just one of the many investments we have made in the hospital and the community in the last few months,” adds Jones.  “We have also added Digital Mammography/Stereotactic Biopsy, 4D ultrasound for OB/GYN, Pulmonary Navigation, Cysto Tables for the Urologist in our Operating Room and in our Emergency Department REACH Tele-medicine Stroke Program in a partnership with The Medical University of South Carolina.  We are excited about our future and being able to provide our communities with quality health care that you can trust.  If you find yourself in need of health services, we invite our residents  to stay close to home, visit Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and experience our commitment to excellence.”

Located in Hartsville, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is a 116-bed acute-care hospital serving more than 60,000 residents in Hartsville/Darlington and the contiguous counties.  A full range of services and programs are offered:  ER/Trauma Center, Surgery, Sleep Lab, The Wound Center, Sports Medicine and Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, The Women’s Place, Imaging Department with Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, CT and much more.  Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  Carolina Pines is located at 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Highway.  Learn more information at www.cprmc.com.