Serving the Frisco Community for More than 20 Years
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In the evolving landscape of modern healthcare, hospitals are emerging as pioneers of innovation by embracing robotic surgery as a cornerstone of their patient care initiatives. Forward-thinking facilities are redefining surgical precision right in your backyard, all aimed at harnessing technology to give patients safe, quality care.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco is one of those leaders and is nationally recongnized as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques, the center offers patients the benefits of robotic surgery which aims for faster recovery times, reduced pain, and improved outcomes. Using robotic surgery platforms — including four da Vinci robotic systems and a Stryker Mako System — enhances precision and improves patient safety. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques, the center offers patients the benefits of robotic surgery which aims for faster recovery times, reduced pain, and improved outcomes. Using robotic surgery platforms — including four da Vinci robotic systems and a Stryker Mako System — enhances precision and improves patient safety.
Robotic surgery systems consist of robotic arms controlled by surgeons from a console, allowing precise and controlled movements during surgery. With minimally invasive techniques, robotic surgery allows surgeons to make small incisions, resulting in less trauma to the patient, faster recovery times and less scarring. The robotic arms’ enhanced dexterity, and accuracy allow for greater precision and intricate procedures in challenging areas on the body.
The Baylor Scott & White – Frisco surgeons receive specialized training and learn to control the robotic arms, interpret visual feedback, and perform procedures effectively and safely. In 2022, the physicians at Baylor Scott & White – Frisco performed more than 1,500 robotic surgeries. In 2023, the hospital expects to perform over 1,800.
“Patients who undergo robotic surgery often experience shorter hospital stays, reduced pain, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic outcomes,” said Dale Burleson, MD, a colorectal surgeon on the robotic surgery steering committee at Baylor Scott & White – Frisco. “The continuous innovation of robotics surgery allows us, as surgeons, to provide advanced care to our patients.”
Leadership in Robotic Surgery
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco was recently designated a Total Program Observation Center by Intuitive Surgical — the only center in Texas and one of nine in the United States — in recognition of its outstanding use of robotic-assisted technology. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System has revolutionized the field of minimally invasive surgery, allowing Baylor Scott & White – Frisco surgeons to perform complex procedures with precision and enhanced patient safety, better outcomes, and providing patients with some of the latest available technology, truly embracing the future of surgical innovation and patient-centered care.
The robotic surgery program is just one way Baylor Scott & White – Frisco goes above and beyond for the community it serves. Established as the first hospital in Frisco 20 years ago, it quickly emerged as a shining example of excellence and has continually sought innovative ways — like the Centers of Excellence — to set the bar high with top-notch medical services and exceptional patient care for its Frisco friends and neighbors.
As a registered nurse, Kara Klemo got plenty of hands-on experience working with patients in Baylor Scott & White – Frisco’s post-surgical unit, total-joint-replacement department, and spine program. Now, she’s taken all that experience and passion and applied it to her job as manager of the Baylor Scott & White – Frisco Centers of Excellence.
“Our job is to provide quality care for our patients in the total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, spinal surgery, and bariatric surgery departments,” she said. “We are the face of Baylor Scott & White – Frisco to the patient and their family, in their corner with the time to listen and educate them.”
That includes spending time with each patient daily, ensuring they’re on the path to recovery, providing pre-operative and post-operative education, and following up with patients for weeks after surgery.
“Nobody leaves the hospital without our phone number and a promise that we’ll be here for any questions or concerns they have after they’re discharged,” Kara said. “The majority of our team are nurses. We spend a long time going over discharge instructions, so our patients really feel ready and prepared to go home. We’re here to serve as the connection between the patient and the medical staff.”
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco’s Centers of Excellence team leads the charge in ensuring that patients can count on quality care.
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco takes pride in its Advanced Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement, including a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons and advanced technology. With a focus on innovative techniques and personalized treatment plans, the center has become renowned for its successful outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco’s Center of Excellence for Spine Surgery has gained recognition for its exceptional track record in comprehensive spine care. Equipped with innovative facilities and staffed by a multidisciplinary team of spine specialists, the center offers patients advanced surgical interventions and ongoing support for improved patient outcomes — for an enhanced quality of life.
The Shoulder Replacement Center of Excellence team of skilled orthopedic surgeons, dedicated therapists and compassionate caregivers work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care tailored to each patient’s unique needs, helping patients regain function and mobility, and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.
20 Years of Community Service
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco has become an integral part of the region’s healthcare landscape, touching the lives of over 500,000 patients, delivering compassionate and high-quality care to individuals of all backgrounds, and welcoming over 30,000 babies born in the hospital’s Women’s Center.
Exemplary Employee Tenure
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco takes pride in its dedicated and highly skilled workforce. With an average employee tenure of eight years — well above the national average of four years — the hospital fosters a supportive and fulfilling work environment.
Looking to the Future
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco continues to positively impact the lives of countless individuals — both patients and employees. As it looks toward the future, Baylor Scott & White – Frisco remains focused on its mission of delivering outstanding medical care and setting new benchmarks for excellence in the healthcare industry.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco is a hospital in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest. The list of physician owners or investors is available to you upon request. We are fully licensed by the state of Texas and are Medicare certified. Our facility is also accredited by The Joint Commission. We are an affiliate of UNITED SURGICAL PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, and partnered with local physicians. Physicians are members of the medical staff and are neither employees nor agents of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco, UNITED SURGICAL PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Accolades for Our
Baylor Scott & White – Frisco has achieved significant recognition for its high-performing rankings in various specialties. Notably, it has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for high performance in knee replacement and hip replacement, a testament to the hospital’s unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding outcomes and patient-centered care. Additionally, Newsweek has recognized Baylor Scott & White – Frisco as one of the top 250 maternity hospitals in the United States. The hospital also earned a Leapfrog “A” safety grade and is highly rated with Healthgrades for orthopedics and labor and delivery services.