El Centro Regional Medical Center Stays Ahead of the Surgical Technology Curve with da Vinci Si HD Surgical System

EL CENTRO, Calif. – May 25, 2010 – El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has become the first hospital in the Imperial Valley to invest in the da Vinci Si HD surgical system highlighting the hospital’s dedication to provide state-of-the-art healthcare excellence to the communities of Imperial Valley.

The da Vinci Si HD robotic surgical system allows for precision, minimally invasive surgery using the most up-to-date technology available, including high-definition video. The machine, seen in an episode of ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy, is operated by certified surgeons to perform various procedures.

ECRMC will begin using the machine immediately offering a new solution to patients’ surgical needs. “We are excited to have the da Vinci at ECRMC,” said Dr. Elias Moukarzel, chief of staff at ECRMC. “All surgeons are thrilled to have it available for the benefit of our patients.”

A variety of procedures within Urology, Cardiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ear/Nose/Throat and General surgery can be performed safely and less intrusively with the surgical system than with traditional surgical processes. Admissions and insurance procedures remain the same as with any surgical procedures.

“The da Vinci Si HD surgical system gives our patients options with regards to surgery,” added Dr. Moukarzel. “ECRMC is committed to providing the top-of-the-line in surgical tools to the Imperial Valley, the machine is just that and we are proud to be the first in the Valley to offer it.”

Only a handful of larger facilities in the state offer the da Vinci Si HD robotic surgical system, placing ECMRC among them with regards to the latest in surgical care. “Having the system available at ECRMC means local residents will no longer have to travel outside of the Valley for sophisticated procedures,” said David Green, CEO for ECRMC. “Quality care is available in the convenience of your own backyard.”


El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a state-of-the-art facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service, helping ECRMC continue to achieve it’s goal of providing excellence in healthcare.

Recent additions to the hospital include the opening of the Wound Care Center; the implementation of the Hospitalist Program; the Asthma and Diabetes Program; and the Children’s Specialist Program. A new Outpatient Center is A new Outpatient Center is planned in order to continue excellent service within the local community.