Naming the newest addition to the Orthopedic Surgery team is no small task,
which led Good Samaritan to call on the entire community for their best
ideas. Good Samaritan’s Board of Governors recently approved the
purchase of Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm to assist with partial and
total knee, and total hip replacement procedures, making Good Samaritan
the first hospital in the region to offer this type of technology.
Giving the MAKO robot a name will both personalize it for patients as well
as raise awareness to its arrival and the assets it brings the hospital.
The MAKO, a robotic-arm assisted technology is providing surgeons with
the means to give every patient an individualized surgery. A 3D model
of a patient’s hip or knee is used to pre-plan and assist the surgeon
in performing joint replacement surgery.
When surgeons utilize the MAKO robot, they have found that patients have
less bleeding, reduction of postoperative pain, fewer readmissions to
the hospital and faster recovery.
In keeping with Good Samaritan’s vision, to be recognized as the
regional center of excellence in health and wellness, the newest addition
of the MAKO robot will further increase the hospital’s ability to
provide cutting-edge technology in a compassionate and caring atmosphere.
For those interested in participating in the naming contest, please submit
your most creative via the name submission form found online at gshvin.org/mako
by July 21.
The winner of the contest will receive publicity for their MAKO name in
the hospital newsletter, on the Good Samaritan Facebook page, an announcement
to the local media as well as a $100 donation made to the charity of their choice.
The official MAKO robot name will be announced at the Meet the Mako Public
Open House on August 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Same Day Surgery Center
at Good Samaritan, 520 S. 7th St., Vincennes, IN.