Herb and Patrice Miller generously hosted 150 donors and friends of MedStar Washington Hospital Center to a festive evening at Bowie-Sevier House, their restored Federal-era mansion and its gardens. The gathering honored Arnold Kwart, MD, chair of the Department of Urology, for his contributions to the field, and for providing critical health care and medical guidance to Herb's brother, Jon.
The evening included a hands-on display of the da Vinci S Surgical Robotic System, which was on loan for the event. If Dr. Kwart's dream comes true, the system will soon have a home at the Hospital Center. "Robotic surgery allows us to operate on the tiniest and most delicate structures, while preserving healthy surrounding tissue," Dr. Kwart explained.
Grateful patients, the Foundation Board of Directors, the Women's Auxiliary and the hospital's Medical and Dental Staff have committed funds toward the purchase of the da Vinci S system. "People giving equals people living," said Jon Miller. He hopes the event will accelerate the fund-raising process, by alerting those with the ability to contribute to the benefits of this technological breakthrough in patient care. "Hospitals can't make major advances unless donors make major gifts," he added. "It's up to those who can afford it to use private philanthropy to realize important milestones."
|GALLERY: da Vinci Demonstration|
| 150 donors and friends of MedStar Washington Hospital Center gathered at Bowie-Sevier House to preview the new da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.
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