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St. Anthony’s Performs 1,000th Robotic Surgery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 7, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Hospital reached a significant milestone recently as a surgical team performed the 1,000th robotic surgery. The team was led by board-certified gynecologist Jennifer Gilby, MD, who specializes in robotic surgery. Dr. Gilby performed a robotic hysterectomy.

“Robotic surgery benefits the patient as a minimally invasive procedure that has the potential to result in less injury, scarring, pain and discomfort following surgery,” said Dr. Gilby. “To have reached our 1,000th surgery means that our robotic surgery team is able to offer the St. Petersburg community an advanced option for minimally invasive surgery.” 

St. Anthony’s physicians began performing robotic surgeries in 2008. In 2011, the hospital began using a new surgical robot system with Fluorescence imaging that can better differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue. The procedure can benefit patients such as those with kidney cancer as only the tumor can be removed, giving patients a better potential for the health and function of their kidneys.

In addition to kidney cancer surgery, other types of robotic surgeries currently performed at St. Anthony’s include partial and full hysterectomies; ovarian tumor removals; partial and full kidney removals; prostatectomies; bladder repairs; and gallbladder removal.

“Even as our team has reached this remarkable milestone, we also continue to train more physicians to use this breakthrough technology,” said Bill Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony’s. “It is our mission to care for the health of this community and we fulfill that mission each day with one of the most experienced team of doctors and health care personnel using some of the most advanced equipment available.”

For more information about robotic surgery, please contact St. Anthony’s Hospital at (727) 953-6993.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County.St.Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony’s has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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