Beebe Healthcare recently welcomed a new member to its team, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Behind the surgical robot is a team of trained health professionals with Beebe Healthcare’s Center for Robotic Surgery.

“The creation of the surgical robotics program at Beebe and the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi System are very exciting for our teams and our organization,” said Rick Schaffner, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Beebe Healthcare. “We are building our robotics program from the ground up, so our teams will all be trained on the robot by clinical experts from our partners, Intuitive Surgical, with guidance from cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director of Surgical Robotics at Beebe Dr. Kurt Wehberg.”

Beebe announced earlier this year that Wehberg will join Beebe this summer as the co-chief of cardiothoracic surgery, the chief of robotics and vice president of clinical innovation. Wehberg will be the leader of the robotics program, developing strategic and tactical leadership and oversight. Robotic surgery has advantages for appropriate patients, including smaller incisions and reduced recovery times.