Summerville Medical Center Celebrates Milestone Robotic OB/GYN Procedures with Bo Reeves, MD and Ronnie Givens, MD

Ronnie Givens, MD and Bo Reeves, MD

Ronnie Givens, MD and Bo Reeves, MD

Summerville, SC (January 30, 2020) – This week Summerville Medical Center celebrated a milestone with OB/GYNs Bo Reeves, MD and Ronnie Givens, MD for performing their 600th (Reeves) and 800th (Givens) minimally invasive robotic gynecological procedures.

Dr. Reeves and Dr. Givens had the distinction of performing Summerville Medical’s first robotic OB/GYN surgeries in 2012 and have helped champion and grow the minimally invasive robotic surgery program in the last eight years. To date the hospital has performed more than 2,700 minimally invasive robotic procedures overall spanning gynecological, urological, and general surgery.

“We are able to take care of women in a minimally invasive way,” explained Dr. Givens. “Minimally invasive robotic procedures allows them to experience less post-surgical pain, shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to their normal lives.”

“It’s truly remarkable what our physicians and surgical team have accomplished,” commented Kate Nixon, Director of Surgical Services at Summerville Medical Center. “We are dedicated to ensuring our Lowcountry families have easy access to high quality care close to home. Our state-of-the-art surgical system allows us to perform a wide range of surgery procedures that has tremendous benefits to a patient’s recovery and return to normal daily activities.”

In 2019 Summerville Medical Center completed an $8 million new surgical wing with two new operating rooms (ORs) and 18 beds for patients to recovery after their surgery. The project also renovated 4 existing ORs, Endoscopy Suite, Central Sterile Processing and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. As part of the renovation, the hospital acquired a $1.5 million state-of-the-art minimally invasive robotic surgical system. The hospital has two robotic surgical systems available for procedures.

The minimally invasive robotic system enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control. The surgeon sits at a console while viewing a high-definition 3D image of the anatomy, and grasps the master controls with hands and wrists naturally positioned. Four robotic arms hold an endoscope (camera) and surgical instruments to carry out the surgeon’s commands. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movement of the surgical instruments positioned inside the patient’s body. These instruments can bend and rotate far greater than both traditional instruments and the human wrist. Every surgical maneuver is under the direct control of the surgeon.

This year Trident Health, comprised of Summerville and Trident Medical Centers, Centre Point Emergency, and Moncks Corner Medical Center, celebrates the 12th anniversary of its minimally invasive robotic surgery program. Trident Health physicians perform more robotic surgeries than any other Lowcountry hospital.


Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, a dedicated ER for children, and comprehensive medical services. The facility enjoys an enviable reputation for its women’s and children’s services including "home-like" birthing suites. Surgical services include orthopedic, reflux, robotic and weight loss surgeries. Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health, which has earned recognition as a leader in the delivery of healthcare in the Lowcountry.

For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2017 it provided $47.6 million in uncompensated care and paid $35.5 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to