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DaVinci and studentsLocal 4th grade class names da Vinci “Robodoc”

We recently held a naming contest among local elementary schools for our da Vinci surgical system. Mrs. Brazeal’s 4th grade class from North Lamar, Bailey Intermediate School proposed the winning name, “Robodoc.” On May 20th, they visited Paris Regional Medical Center to see the robot.

In December, we acquired our da Vinci surgical system, which allows our surgeons to perform both routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions. Smaller incisions mean quicker recovery times compared to traditional surgical procedures. The da Vinci system can be used to treat many conditions, including, but not limited to: coronary arterial disease, endometriosis, kidney disorders, obesity, and many types of cancers.

Thanks to Mrs. Brazeal and her students for helping name “Robodoc” and visiting us at Paris Regional Medical Center!

Did you know?  More than 1.5 million da Vinci procedures have been performed worldwide since 2000 and 100% of top-ranked U.S. hospitals own at least one da VinciSystem. [1]

Rachel HarrisSpotlight on: Speech Language Pathologist Rachell L. Harris, MS, CCC/SLP

Rachell L. Harris, MS, CCC/SLP, is our on-staff Speech Language Pathologist. She specializes in speech and language problems, as well as issues with feeding and swallowing.

Rachell’s main focus is pediatric patients who have difficulty with swallowing, feeding, and articulation. Her clients also may have phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, voice disorders, resonance disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Additionally, Rachell partners with other providers when speech pathology complements treatment and follow-up. For example, she has participated and observed cleft lip and palate surgery and worked with the children post recovery for speech and feeding therapy in a clinical setting. Rachell coordinated closely with ENT/facial surgeons to improve speech, resonance, and swallowing outcomes, and reduce the need for additional surgeries.

We are fortunate to have Rachell in our community of providers. If you have questions about speech pathology or want to speak about a referral, please call Rachell at (903) 737-1108 or stop by her office, located on the North Campus, 1st Floor Out-Patient Rehabilitation Department.


John Ratcliff at PRMC
John Ratcliff at PRMC

Republican U.S. Congressional nominee John Ratcliffe Visits Paris Regional Medical Center

It was our honor to welcome John Ratcliffe, who recently won the Republican nomination for 4th Congressional District of Texas, to our hospital on May 21.

During his visit, he attended our Leadership Safety Huddle and met with our senior leaders and management team.

He also toured our facilities and met with members of our Emergency Medical Services department, thanking them for their service in celebration of EMS Week.

These PRMC Employees have 180 combined total years of service at the hospital.
These PRMC Employees have 180 combined total years of service at the hospital.

PRMC Celebrates Hospital Week

Hospital week is an opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers for the countless hours of selfless and compassionate service they provide, making PRMC a health care leader in the community.

This year, we celebrated the week of May 11-17 with a ceremony honoring staff and volunteers for their many years of service at the hospital.

Here’s What’s Going on at Paris Regional Medical Center: We are excited to host a number of events throughout June and hope you’ll join us. Take a look at what’s going on:

  • Walk With A Doc (6/19) – Join us at 6pm at the Trail de Paris for the next walk with Dr. Amanda Green, a hospitalist at PRMC. Research shows that you could gain up to two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise – all the more reason to get out for a walk. For more information, visit:
  • Girls Time Out (6/26) – Erin Finch with Holistically Fed Nutrition and Fitness will be joining us at Girls Time Out to talk about the Benefits of Juicing. Samples will be provided at this free event. Call (903) 737-1438 to register.

For a full list of community events and support groups hosted by the hospital, please visit:

About Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC   These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, as well as doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at We love hearing from our fellow community leaders and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.

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