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St. Vincent Healthcare: Billings 3rd Graders Win Robot Naming Contest

May 11, 2010
R.A.L.P.H – Robotic Automated Lifecare Performing in Hospital

Billings, Montana, 2010 – This week, the St. Vincent Healthcare Surgery Department and Hospital sent out a big THANK YOU to the children and schools in our community. Because of tremendous efforts made by community kids, teachers and parents, the new St. Vincent Healthcare da Vinci robot has a new name: R.A.L.P.H – which stands for: Robotic Automated Lifecare Performing in Hospital, a name submitted by Jo Korb’s 3rd Grade class at Rose Park.

“What a great idea and gift for St. Vincent to give our kids and parents,” said Mrs. Korb. “Today’s children are so in tune with science and technology already. It’s great to tie that education into what is happening in our community, especially when it relates to taking care of our children.”

As the winner of the contest, Mrs. Korb’s class visited St. Vincent Healthcare today to meet R.A.L.P.H and the St. Vincent Robotics Surgical Team. A class of excited 3rd graders donned blue scrubs to get a special visit and hands on experience with the newly named surgical robot.

St. Vincent surgery staff viewed and voted for the winning name, drawing and most creative paragraph throughout April, after the hospital’s “Name Our Robot” contest was announced. The new name was revealed to St. Vincent employees last week, just as surgeons and surgery staff began their first procedures with the new technology.

$50 prizes also went to most creative and funniest drawing; both won by Alkali Creek student Aliya Morrow in Kayla Sanchez’s 3rd grade class. Fifth grade student Jordyn Armstrong won for most creative paragraph. Her Central Heights class taught by Deanna O’Neil received $50.

The St. Vincent Healthcare da Vinci robot is an advanced technology that provides robotic-assisted surgery. Working under the direction of the surgeon, da Vinci performs complex procedures through small openings with 3-D imaging, increased magnification and more precise, finite movement which allows for better mobility and shorter recovery time of minimally invasive surgery.

The St. Vincent da Vinci is a philanthropic project of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. It will serve multiple areas of surgery needs for our region’s men, women and children. In its quest to further serve the children and families of Montana and Wyoming, St. Vincent Healthcare continues to offer progressive and innovative technology, programs and services.