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Robotic tech to improve lung cancer care at Wellington Regional

Dr. Mark Meyer and his team at Wellington Regional Medical Center complete their first procedure using the Ion Endoluminal System. [Photo by Wellington Regional Medical Center]

Wellington Regional Medical Center has acquired the cutting-edge Ion Endoluminal System, a robotic-assisted technology for minimally invasive bronchoscopy procedures, allowing doctors to diagnose and treat lung cancer earlier than before.

Created by Intuitive, the company behind the da Vinci system, the Ion system enables physicians to explore deeply into the peripheral lung with unmatched stability and precision. With its improved biopsy capabilities, Ion provides a significant advantage in detecting and treating lung nodules.


“The acquisition of the Ion system marks a significant milestone in our ability to diagnose and treat lung cancer,” thoracic surgeon Mark Meyer said. 

“We are dedicated to investing in innovative solutions that improve patient outcomes,” medical center CEO Pam Tahan said “The addition of the Ion Endoluminal System underscores our commitment to early detection and treatment of lung cancer, ultimately saving lives and improving quality of life for our patients.”

Wellington Regional Medical Center, a 235-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, has served the community for over 30 years. The hospital’s services include comprehensive stroke care, a lung program, minimally invasive procedures, cardiac services, a birthing center with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive women’s center, hepatobiliary surgical procedures, intraoperative radiation therapy, interventional procedures, and a wellness and weight loss center.


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