Good Samaritan Hosts Naming Contest for New MAKO Robot

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 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.

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