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First grader names hospital's surgical robot

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids announced the results of its "Name the Robot" contest.  The contest helped mark the arrival of Mercy's new daVinci Surgical System.  The winning entry-"DR.SAM"-was submitted by JoLee Becker, age 6, of Cedar Rapids.  JoLee is a first grader at Jackson Elementary School.  Her award-winning entry explained that DR.SAM stands for DaVinci Robotic-assisted Surgery At Mercy.  JoLee wins a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mercy Surgery Center for her family and classmates on Feb. 7.  

The contest gave area children, grades K-5, an opportunity to submit a name for Mercy's new daVinci surgical robot, as well as complete a coloring page.  A panel of judges, comprised of Mercy employees, chose a winner in the Best Name category as well as two winners (grades K-2 and 3-5) for most artistic coloring of a friendly-looking robot on the contest entry form.    The two winners of the coloring contest are: Charles Schweiger, 4th grade, Summit Schools, Cedar Rapids and Matt Hennessey, 2nd grade, St. Joseph School, Marion.   Each received a $25 Target gift card.

The daVinci Surgical System allows doctors to use a special console with hand and foot controls to manipulate robotic arms and a 3-D camera eye to perform intricate procedures that require a high degree of precision.  Mercy is currently using the daVinci robot for minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer and gynecological issues.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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