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Schoolchildren to name Memorial’s surgical robot

Update:  Thank you to the schoolchildren from across Western New York who entered our Name the Robot contest. The judges, who certainly have their work cut out for them, have begun their deliberations and we will announce the winner by March 23.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is asking area schoolchildren to name its new surgical robot by participating in a “Name the Robot” contest.

Pupils in kindergarten to grade 6 are eligible to enter. Contest rules and entry forms have been mailed to 60 area elementary schools.

Entries must be received at the medical center no later than 4 p.m. March 9 and will be judged by Niagara Gazette Publisher Peter Mio and a panel of students from the robotics program at Gaskill Preparatory School. 

The winner will receive a Kindle e-reader and a pizza party for his or her classmates.

Memorial announced earlier this week that it has purchased a da Vinci Si Surgical Robotic System to be used by specially trained surgeons in its minimally invasive robotic surgery program.  Patients who undergo such surgery generally recover more quickly and experience less pain, less blood loss and fewer complications. 

The $1.7 million da Vinci system will be the first of its kind in Niagara County.

“This is a milestone for Niagara Falls Memorial and we wanted to have some fun with it,” Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said. ”In addition to giving our patients and surgeons the very latest technology, it’s a great opportunity to engage our young people in the practical application of science in the healthcare setting.”

An open house and da Vinci robot demonstration will be held at Memorial on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Hospital officials are hoping for a big turnout at the event.

“We hope the public and especially the children of our community will attend the open house and take the da Vinci for a test drive,” Ruffolo said. “The manufacturer will have a representative present to show everybody how it works and attendees will be invited to try it.”

For more information about the “Name the Robot” contest, call 278-4604 or email

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