Centerpoint Medical Center
February 23, 2017

WHO: Centerpoint Medical Center

WHAT: Da Vinci Surgical System Demo for Elementary Students in Conjunction STEM Education

WHEN: 9 - 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

WHERE: Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St., Independence, Mo. 64057

MEDIA: Please go to the hospital’s main lobby for escort to event. 

WHY: Two Independence elementary schools and a Boy Scout Troop will get up close and personal in viewing state-of-the-art robotic surgical instrumentation as part of STEM education curriculum. Centerpoint Medical Center primary care physician Dr. Jason Bergman, M.D. and surgeon Dr. Jonathan Patterson, M.D., are collaborating to provide the unusual experience that will allow kids a chance to see the daVinci® Surgical System, which has been a game-changer in minimally invasive surgeries, including urological, gynecological and general surgery, helping patients recover faster with better outcomes.

“It’s critical in the 21st century to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math,” Bergman said. “This is a unique opportunity to give kids a look at one of medicine’s most recent innovative advancements that allows a surgeon to control leading-edge technology from a console to perform many types of surgeries with a minimally invasive approach.”

“You never know—there may be a kid who will see this and become interested in pursuing science, technology or medicine as a career one day,” Patterson said. “As a doctor, it’s part of my mission to promote not only the importance of a medical career, but how technology plays an integral part in what we do to help make lives better.”

Nearly 75 students are expected to attend the one-of-a-kind event.

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