Join doctors and view robot tonight

Published 11:57 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Natchez Regional Medical Center and Natchez Medical Foundation would like to cordially invite you to come meet and welcome the newest members of the medical and professional staff at tonight’s Natchez Chamber of Commerce After Hours.

Our newest staff members include Dr. Karl Hubbard, orthopedist; Dr. Dan McCallum, orthopedist; Dr. Mary Moody Gardner, anesthesiologist; Dr. Ellis Salloum, vascular and general surgeon; and Angie Waller, certified family nurse practitioner.

We are very excited to have such dedicated and qualified medical professionals on our team. Please come say hello and welcome them to Natchez and to our medical family.

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Also tonight, you will be able to see a demonstration of our newest investment of surgical technology, the da Vinci Surgical System.

Natchez Regional Medical Center has invested in breakthrough surgical technology, and you will have an opportunity to view a mobile version of the robot. What is truly important is that daVinci surgeries results in less pain, a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for patients. This robot has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, and as mentioned above, these features translate to patient benefits. Along with the surgeons who trained and have the credentials to use the system, our surgery robot team received specialized training and are involved in all robot surgical cases.

Our team includes registered nurses Simmons Huber and Kacy Givens. Surgical technicians on the team include Diane Golden, Debra Mitchell and Tonya Johnson.

According to Dr. Frank Guedon, “Those who know me realize my fascination with technology and computer games goes way back to my teenage years. The dexterity and coordination I learned in playing computer games certainly came in handy when I was training to operate with the robot. The robot has proven to be a winner with the patients who are amazed at their shorter, less-painful recovery time. Together, these technological advancements provide me, as well as surgeons Drs. Kofi Kumi, Beverly Love and Latoya Walker, with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control enabling a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.”

Come meet our new medical professionals as well as check out a demonstration of the robot at the Natchez Chamber After Hours hosted by Natchez Regional Medical Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today.

The event will be on the second floor of the Doctors’ Pavilion, located next door to Natchez Regional.


Kay Ketchings is the director of marketing and public relations.