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New equipment to pair with nationally-recognized surgical robotics program, provide better care for patients.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Dr. Greg Starley shows off one of the Da Vinci surgical robots at Legacy Mount Hood. A fundraising event earlier this month secured crucial dollars for an East Multnomah County's nationally-recognized robotic surgery center, supporting the purchase of new equipment to save lives and create better outcomes for patients.

On Thursday, June 16, the annual Demin & Diamonds event, presented by Gresham Toyota, raised nearly $70,000 for innovations in surgery at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. That money will go toward purchasing specialized tables that work in concert with Da Vinci surgical robots.

The robots allow a team at Legacy Mount Hood, 24800 S.E. Stark St., to operate safer, with smaller incisions, less pain for patients, mitigated recovery infection rates and shorter stays at the hospital.

"We are seeing these incredible outcomes with patients going home with so much less pain," said Dr. Greg Starley, who runs the robotics program.

The tables are robots themselves — and can be paired alongside the intricate surgical devices to be moved remotely by the doctor mid-surgery. The current system, which uses standard tables, sometimes requires a group of nurses and doctors to physically manipulate them up or down mid-surgery.

The Legacy Foundation already bought one of the tables for Mount Hood, so the current fundraiser is to secure the second. Learn more and donate online at

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