Help Make da Vinci Possible
Spend a few minutes at the controls of Iowa's first da Vinci™ Robotic Surgical System, and you will quickly see why this robotically assisted surgery is revolutionizing "minimally invasive" surgical techniques.
On the outside of the body, the incisions are tiny.typically less than one-half inch. Inside the body, the da Vinci's tiny surgical instruments execute the surgeon's commands with precision and minimal disruption to the body's tissue and organs.
Because the incisions are so small and there's no need for surgeons' hands to disrupt body tissue and organs, this type of surgery is called "minimally invasive." And it helps patients recover much faster, reduces lengths of hospital stays and ultimately lowers the costs associated with surgery.
How Bequests Helped
The da Vinci™ surgical system was made possible by many generous donors who made unrestricted bequests to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Foundation and the hospitals during the last couple of years.
Unrestricted bequests are gifts made by will in which the donor names UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Foundation, or one of the hospitals, in his or her will but does not specify the exact use of the bequest.
Unrestricted bequests allow the board to fund the most critical needs at the hospitals when the gift is received. Bequests and other planned gifts have helped build buildings, enhance medical education, initiate promising research and, in this case, made the latest technology available to treat our patients.