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Dignity Health – Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield Achieves Milestone in Robotic Surgery Cases

Mercy Hospital’s S.A. Camp Companies Robotic Surgical Center performs 2000 surgeries as Kern County’s premiere Center of Excellence for minimally-invasive robotic procedures

Bakersfield, CA, July 20, 2023 - The S.A. Camp Companies Robotic Surgical Center at Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield is proud to announce that it has reached over 2,000 minimally invasive robotic surgery cases in less than 5 years, earning the Centers of Excellence distinction.  All robotic surgical procedures are performed using the da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgery System, an advanced robotic-assisted surgery system used by highly trained and specialized surgeons. 

“This is a huge milestone for our community. We help our patients get back to their lives sooner and safely through minimally invasive +robotic surgery procedures” said Dr. Lorenc Malellari, Colorectal Surgeon and Medical Director of the S.A. Camp Companies Robotic Surgical Center. “We have a highly experienced team of surgeons and clinicians who perform these procedures daily and their continuous work has allowed us to reach this accomplishment.” 

Mercy Hospitals have achieved five Centers of Excellence Accreditations in the following fields: 

  • Robotic Surgery 
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery 
  • Hernia Surgery 
  • Colorectal Surgery 
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecology 

These national accreditations from the Surgical Review Corporation recognize the hospitals’ achievements in providing the highest quality of care and meeting nationally and internationally recognized standards. 

“These Centers of Excellence are a testament to the high quality surgeons and surgical teams we are proud to have at Mercy Hospitals,” said Benjamin Predum, President & CEO of Mercy Hospitals. “Their dedication to excellence allows us to perform these state of art procedures here in Kern County. It’s an honor for us to have achieved 2,000 robotic surgery cases and continue meeting the surgical needs of our community.” 

Robotic surgical procedures at Mercy Hospitals are offered in the following surgical specialties: 

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • Gynecologic Oncology 
  • Urology Gynecology
  • General Surgery 

For interviews or video opportunities, please contact Violeta Trujillo at 661-541-0322. For more information regarding our robotic surgical program, please visit our website at


About Mercy Hospital Bakersfield

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospitals have a history of caring for our community that goes back more than 100 years. We provide a broad range of medical and surgical services including minimally invasive and outpatient options. Our family of services includes the area's only inpatient oncology unit, the Orthopedic, Spine, and Hand Center, Family Birth Center, the Lactation Support Center and retail store, and many others. Mercy Hospital Downtown is a 194-bed facility located in downtown Bakersfield. Mercy Hospital Southwest is a 78-bed facility and the only hospital located in the rapidly growing area west of Highway 99. Mercy Hospital is a member of Dignity Health and is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1910.  Learn more at

About SRC – Surgical Review Corporation 

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation is a nonprofit, patient safety organization that develops and administers best-in-class accreditation programs for medical professionals, surgeons, hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities throughout the world.


Publish date: 

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Media Contact


Violeta Trujillo

p: (661) 541-0322

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