The newest member of Samaritan Medical Center's surgical team now has a name.
OSCAR was the winning selection in a "Name Our Robot" contest for the hospital's da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
OSCAR stand for Outstanding Surgical Care with Advanced Robotics. The winning entry was submitted by Maggie Fipps of Watertown, a first grader at Immaculate Heart Central School.
OSCAR assists surgeons in performing complex procedures on certain urological, gynecologic and general surgery patients. It enables the physician to use a set of miniature robotic arms to perform minimally invasive surgery.
The surgeon looks through a high-definition view screen while manipulating the robotic arms at a distance of about 20 feet from the patient. Using OSCAR offers the patient less pain, less scarring, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to normal activities.
The contest was open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students were given information about the da Vinci Surgical System and were then asked to come up with a name for the robot, provide a brief explanation of the name and draw a picture of the robot.
The hospital received more than 230 entries.
Seven other students won artwork awards for the most imaginative drawings of the robot.
They were: Jillian Barcelon, kindergarten, Knickerbocker Elementary School; Emma Corbin, first grade, Immaculate Heart Central Schools; Joe Girardi, second grade, Immaculate Heart Central Schools; Robert O’Connor, second grade, Immaculate Heart Central Schools; Stephanie Donida, West Carthage Elementary School; Emilie Peacock, fourth grade, Indian River Intermediate School; Morgan Smith, fifth grade, Copenhagen Central School.
Indian River Intermediate School also received a special award and a $500 donation to its parent-teacher association as the school with the most overall contest entries.
“We are very proud to make this innovative medical technology available to patients throughout the region,” said Alejandro R. Rodriguez, MD, director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Samaritan Medical Center.
“Involving young people in naming our new robot helps them understand the incredible advancements taking place within health care today and hopefully may also spark their interest in the health care field,” he said.
All of the contest entries will be on display in the surgical services waiting area on the hospital's second floor.
“The children did a great job and we had a lot of fun looking at all of the artwork. We really appreciate the students’ and teachers’ efforts, especially at this very busy time of year,” Rodriguez said.
In the photo above are, front row, from left: Morgan Smith, Joe Girardi, Robert O’Connor, Maggie Fipps, Emma Corbin, Emilie Peacock, and Jillian Barcelon.
In the back row, from left: Dr. Robert O. Kimball, Dr. Walter Dodard, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez, Dr. Nancy Hawkins, and Thomas Lloyd.
Friday, October 28, 2016, Watertown, NY