Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) Orthopedic Surgery Services recently acquired Mako SmartRobotics™ for total knee replacement surgeries. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven Triathlon Total Knee System,1 which enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience.2 This new robot needed a name, so WCH’s Orthopedic team invited all the school age children from the community to enter a contest to A) NAME the new ROBOT & B) Color the ROBOT. The hospital received many great entries and in the end prizes were issued to two very creative students.
For the Most Creative Coloring the prize went to Greyson, a 4th grader in Wickenburg Unified School district. Greyson’s favorite subjects in school are math and science. He also likes to play soccer and football.
The second winning entry went to Emily for the Most Unique Name. Emily a 3rd grader in our school district was the winner for the naming portion of the contest coming up with the name SMARTIE which stands for:
Styker, MAKO, Assistant, Robotics, Techie, Individualized & Intelligent, Excellent.
Emily’s favorite subject in school is Bible and her favorite sport is Volleyball.
These two winners not only received great prizes, but also an invitation to an on-site demonstration event to meet Dr. Mitch Wagner, Orthopedic Surgeon, and have hands-on experience with the robot. Seeing it in action was a very exciting experience.
WCH loves the enthusiasm from the students of our town along with their creativity. We would like to thank Saguaro Theater for their donation of movie tickets and Rural Partners of Medicine for the fun STEM Robot kit and shark slippers adding to the students’ prize baskets.
Congratulations Greyson and Emily!