August 19th 2021 – Delray Medical Center is the first hospital in South Palm Beach County to use the CORI™ Surgical System for knee replacement surgery.  Dr. Curtis Kephart is the first orthopedic surgeon to use this new technology at the hospital.   The CORI™ Surgical System uses handheld robotics-assisted technology that helps the surgeon plan and perform the procedure.  It also gives surgeons a three-dimensional view to help finalize and verify the selection of the knee implant and create a plan for surgery without the need for either a CT scan or MRI.

“This new procedure is groundbreaking for our community, and is designed to allow patients to have normal function in their knee, and return to their daily activities,” said Dr. Curtis Kephart, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and member of the medical staff at Delray Medical Center.  “We are committed to performing surgical procedures in a safe and secure environment, and our community can rest assured that we will provide the highest level of   orthopaedic care to our patients.”

Robotics-assisted knee replacement surgery using the CORITM Surgical System can lead to the following patient benefits:

  • Quicker, smoother recovery
  • Regain function faster and return home sooner
  • A unique 3D digital model to get a surgical plan customized to the patients’ unique anatomy. The surgeon can perform the procedure more accurately than traditional knee replacement surgery.
  • A natural fit: Using these technologies patients can keep more of their natural bone and ligaments, including the ACL. 6 That helps maintain more of a natural rhythm and step.
  • A wide selection: The surgeon is able to choose from the widest selection of implants available, so implants can be precision-matched to feel more like a patient’s own knee.

“We are continually investing in advancements for our award-winning orthopaedics program because we recognize that our patients deserve access to the latest technology and treatments close to their homes,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer of the Palm Beach Health Network and Delray Medical Center. “In many cases, patients with co-morbidities who require orthopaedic treatment benefit greatly by utilizing a full-service, acute care hospital with a wide breadth of services, where other medical conditions can be managed safely at the same time.” 

The Center for Advanced Orthopaedics is located on the third floor in the new Patient Tower of the Delray Medical Center campus.  This beautifully designed expansion features private patient rooms and some of the latest technology to provide patients with the comfort and care needed for recovery.  Orthopaedic surgery patients can also enjoy the new spacious gym located in the tower and staffed with physical therapists 7 days a week. 

Hip, knee and shoulder replacements are becoming more common every day, as men and women seek a second chance for an active life. For more information go to www.delraymedicalctr.com, or call 561-498-4440.

About Delray Medical Center

For nearly 40 years, Delray Medical Center, part of the Palm Beach Health Network, is a 523-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and state-designated Level I Trauma Center located on a 42-acre medical plaza, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including cardiac care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more.

For the past 14 years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades®, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Delray Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation recognizing superior performance of hospitals preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.  The hospital is also a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 17 years in a row (2003-2019).

Delray Medical Center is a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the DNV-GL and received Get With The Guidelines award for advanced therapy for Thrombectomy. In addition, the hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in 2020. Delray Medical Center was also named by Healthgrades as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 12 years in a row (2008-2020).  Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital at Delray Medical Center is a CARF accredited rehabilitation unit, and the only state designated brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation program in Palm Beach County by the state of Florida, Department of Health.

Delray Medical Center is actively involved in community outreach, sponsoring several events, community lectures and fundraisers. The hospital is also a smoke-free campus. For more information or for a free physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit the website at www.delraymedicalctr.com.