Valley Receives Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation for Robotic Surgery

Valley Receives Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation for Robotic Surgery

Valley is proud to share that we recently received accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This designation comes after months of hard work from our surgical teams and reflects our high standards in safety and in delivering quality patient care.

Hospitals and doctors trying to get SRC accreditation go through a detailed check to make sure they match SRC’s high standards. This includes checking the number of surgeries they do, the tools and equipment they use, their standard steps for patient care, how they educate patients, and ongoing checks for quality. Inspectors also teach the staff the best ways to give care and improve their services.

“I am so proud of the work we do at Valley and our exceptional robotic surgery team. This Center of Excellence designation is a testament to the exemplary care we provide our robotic surgery patients throughout their experience, from pre-operative evaluation, to their operation, and through recovery. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our community, which includes robotic surgery and its many benefits,” says Greta V. Bernier, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Chief of Surgery, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery.

Status as an accredited Center of Excellence means that Valley has met nationally and internationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the inspection process are granted accreditation.

Patients can take comfort in knowing that we have received third-party verification for our exceptional patient care efforts. SRC’s strict evaluation guidelines prioritize patient safety and continuous quality improvement.

We commend the incredible surgeons who are part of our robotic surgery program and all the staff members of our surgical teams whose years of hard work made this designation possible. This commitment to expanding our patients’ access to minimally invasive robotic surgery while maintaining a safe environment and quality patient experience is key to our mission of caring for our community like family.

About Surgical Services at Valley Medical Center

Valley Medical Center provides a full range of elective, urgent, and emergency procedures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The main operating suite consists of 21 operating rooms—including two robot-assisted surgery suites—and is capable of handling all types of surgery; nearly 1,000 surgeries are performed monthly. Learn more on our surgical services page.  

About Surgical Review Corporation

Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC accredits the top hospitals, surgeons and health professionals worldwide that meet our proven standards. Look for our seal, expect excellence. For more information, visit

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Shahina Banthanavasi, CMO; Cheryl Watkins, VP Patient Care Services & Nursing Operations; Roz Parsons, Director of Perianesthesia Services & Endoscopy; Stephanie Lilje, Director of Perioperative Services; Marlene Van Orden, Manager of PeriAnesthesia; Calvin Ledbetter, Nurse Manager General Surgery; Josh Aldrich, Robotics RN Coordinator; Cindy Vanderhoff, Senior Manager & Inspector, SRC; John Wagner, VP Perioperative, Imaging & Ancillary Services; Dr. Greta Bernier, Colorectal Surgeon, Medical Director Robotic Surgery; Dr. Eric Schmit, Ob/Gyn Surgeon; Dr. Olga Valieva, Ob/Gyn Surgeon; Dr. Jennifer Burzawa, Gynecologic Oncologist; Dr. Ron Swensen, Gynecologic Oncologist; Dr. Wayne Lau, General Surgeon; Dr. Trisha Unger, General Surgeon; Dr. Heather Wheeler, General Surgeon

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