Baptist Health Paducah receives Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation

March 13, 2018

Baptist Health Paducah, which brought robotic surgery to the area 10 years ago, has been named a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.

Baptist Health Paducah, which brought robotic surgery to the area 10 years ago, has been named a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.

Baptist Health Paducah is the first hospital in western Kentucky to receive this designation, which is based on volume, outcomes and the different types of procedures offered within a program. The SRC robotic accreditation program ensures that the safest, highest quality of care is delivered to robotic surgery patients worldwide, regardless of where they choose to have their procedure performed.

In addition, six Baptist surgeons have been named Surgeons of Excellence by the SRC. They are obstetrician-gynecologists Blair Tolar, MD; Amber Savells, MD, and Matthew Sublette; and urologists Donald Spicer, MD; Michael Knox, MD, and Matthew Young, MD. The COERS program was developed to recognize surgeons and facilities worldwide performing robotic procedures and achieving defined standards for patient safety and care quality.

“The SRC accreditation program fosters quality improvement in robotic surgery,” Dr. Tolar said. “Commitment to this process has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. Most importantly, our commitment to excellence will improve the health and well-being of our patients.”

Baptist Health brought the first da Vinci surgical system to western Kentucky in 2008. The da Vinci seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient in an area smaller than would be required for the surgeon’s hands.

“It is an honor to receive this designation,” said Dr. Spicer, medical director of robotic surgery. “In the 10 years since Baptist Health Paducah brought robotic surgery to this area, our patients have benefitted from less invasive treatment and faster recovery. It is a win-win for our patients and the hospital.”

About Surgical Review Corporation 

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, known as the “Cycle of Excellence”, results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvement in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. To measure improvement and develop best practices, SRC offers a multispecialty outcomes database that is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for minimally invasive gynecologic and bariatric surgery. For more information, visit

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,700 employees and 260 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. It has the region’s first heart center and accredited chest pain center, as well as the only cancer center, certified stroke center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It opened in 1953 as Western Baptist Hospital and changed its name in early 2013, along with other facilities in Baptist Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. For information, see