Let's Operate

May 16, 2017

Dr. Stephen Rauh
Dr. Stephen Rauh, chair of colon and rectal surgery, explains how the da Vinci surgical system works.

On May 16, guests of the Foundations joined Dr. Ralph Pennino, Dr. Stephen Rauh and Dr. Bob Tripp for the Let’s Operate event at Rochester General Hospital. Guests learned about plans for the new Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care and how the new facility will have a positive impact on a patient's surgical experience. 

After the presentation, guests donned sterile suits and were escorted to an actual operating room. There they met with key members of the surgical team and were given the hands-on opportunity to manipulate the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System. During this time, both Drs. Pennino and Rauh explained how this innovative system offers less invasive procedural options, decreases post-operative recovery time and allows physicians to treat a wider variety of cases. It also reduces the amount of time patients need to spend in the hospital, allowing for a more restful recovery at home.

The Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care will allow for the expansion of robotic surgery at Rochester General and provide a setting that strikes a balance between the demands of acute surgical needs and the compassionate patient care that has become the cornerstone of our health system philosophy.

Key surgical features within the new building include:

  • New Day of Surgery Admission Unit
  • New Pre-and Post-Anesthesia Care Units
  • Larger, flexible and completely modernized operating rooms
  • 108 private, acuity-adaptable patient rooms
  • State-of-the-art Sterile Processing

The Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care is the signature project in our Because Care Matters Campaign. Learn more, visit, or call the Foundations Office at 585.922.4800.