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BMS Children’s Hospital Earns First US Accreditation as Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence

Accreditation underscores leadership in delivering benefits of minimally-invasive, precision-medicine to children’s health

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has achieved the first-ever Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Pediatric and Robotic Surgery in the United States.

BMSCH, part of the RWJBarnabas Health System Children’s Health Network, is a state-designated children’s hospital and anchor institution of New Jersey’s only pediatric academic health campus through its partnership with the Rutgers Child Health Institute.

This designation recognizes BMSCH’s commitment to a high standard of delivery of quality patient care and safety, and means that BMSCH has met nationally and internationally recognized standards. Healthcare facilities and surgeons seeking SRC accreditation undergo an extensive assessment and inspection process to ensure they meet SRC’s proven standards and requirements. These requirements include surgical volumes, facility equipment, clinical pathways and standardized operating procedures. Emphasis is also placed on patient education and continuous quality assessment. Inspectors educate staff in the accredited departments on best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“BMSCH has long been a leader in providing children and families access to the highest quality, most advanced surgical interventions with a focus on precision and minimally invasive techniques that preserve healthy tissue in growing bodies,” said Joseph Barone, MD, MBA, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Urology at BMSCH and at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “This accreditation affirms our multidisciplinary team-based approach to driving quality and improved outcomes achieved in the adult practice from robotic surgery to also bring benefit to children undergoing complex procedures. The benefits are clearly demonstrated in urologic surgery and extend to many modalities.”

BMSCH offers a wide range of advanced minimally invasive urologic robotic surgery techniques under the leadership of Dr. Barone. For example, BMSCH is one of only ten programs nationally to offer single-port robotic surgery for teens. Single-port surgery requires only one incision instead of four to complete a typical laparoscopic procedure. BMSCH also performs minimally invasive same-day surgery procedures for major reconstructive surgery of the urinary tract. These include pyeloplasty and ureteral reimplantation, which previously required up to a five-day post-operative hospital stay. BMSCH’s Robotic Surgery Team also performs nephrectomies using minimally invasive techniques.

BMSCH faculty and community surgeons perform a broad range of surgical procedures spanning the following specialties: urology, orthopedics, orthopedics-spine, orthopedics-trauma, general surgery, neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology, dental and ophthalmology.

“This accreditation is a perfect example of our academic medicine driving evidence-based practice from adult care into pediatrics,” said Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “This accreditation confirms that the benefits of minimally-invasive procedures can be delivered and will drive better outcomes for children, and sets an example for pediatric institutions nationally to follow and refine.”

BMSCH is the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus, which includes the Rutgers Child Health Institute and PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.

The 105-bed, state-designated, acute care children’s hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that is specially designed for children and family-centered care. From pediatric surgery, urology, and cardiology to oncology, hematology, pulmonology, and pediatric/emergency care, BMSCH’s specialists and intensivists provide advanced care for children of all ages – from fragile newborns to adolescents. BMSCH is also home to New Jersey’s first designated pediatric trauma center, internationally recognized adolescent bariatric surgery center of excellence, and nationally recognized center of excellence in pediatric urologic robotic surgery.

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