Lovelace Medical Center acquires the state’s only da Vinci 5® surgical robot

ALBUQUERQUE – June 6, 2024 – Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) has acquired the only Intuitive da Vinci 5 ® surgical system in the state of New Mexico, demonstrating its commitment to the most advanced technology available in minimally invasive surgery. Erica McBride, DO, general surgeon with Lovelace Medical Group (LMG) repaired a recurrent inguinal hernia for the first surgical case.

“As the surgeon, I am 100% in control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates my hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body,” said Dr. McBride. “This means smaller incisions, less pain for the patient, faster recovery and better outcomes.”

The da Vinci 5 robotic system is Intuitive’s most advanced and integrated platform for minimally invasive surgical procedures for urology, gynecology, thoracic and general surgery cases.

“We are thrilled to be a leader in this field and look forward to continually bringing advanced minimally invasive surgical options to New Mexico,” said Brian Miller, chief executive officer for LMC. “Our highly skilled surgeons and care team are committed to providing the most state-of-the-art treatment options for our patients, while delivering the highest quality of care.”

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Whitney Alcantar, Lovelace Health System  
Phone: 505.903.0367 

Lovelace Medical Center
Lovelace Medical Center (LMC), located in the heart of Albuquerque, is a 263-bed acute care hospital with over 1,100 employees providing comprehensive care, including around-the-clock emergency care, surgical services, non-invasive robotic spine surgery, cardiology, stroke care, radiology and oncology services. LMC was recently named to U.S. News & World Report High Performing Best Hospitals, in Heart Attack, Heart Bypass surgery, Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Stroke and COPD got 2022 -2023 and received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2023 for the 11th consecutive year. LMC earned Spine Surgery Program Certification from DNV for 2022- 2025 by demonstrating excellence in orthopedic surgery, including diagnosis and treatments in spine surgery as well as Primary Stroke Center Certification from DNV for 2022 – 2025 for its readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded LMC, one of only 249 programs in the world, the Practice Transitional Accreditation Program (PTAP) for 2023, signifying that the hospital is following best practices and utilizing an evidence-based curriculum that is focused on helping the new graduate nurse transition from student nurse into professional nursing practice. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Medical Center, visit