Attention, Citrus County high school students:

Citrus Memorial Hospital is introducing the newest member of its surgical team, but we need your help to give it a name!

Help us name our surgical robot

Any high school student at a Citrus County school is eligible to enter a name for our robot. If you havemore than one idea, that’s ok too! Just submit your ideas by 5pm on March 14, 2018.

The winner will be announced in April 2018 during National Robotics Week, and is eligible for a cash prize to be used for their classroom... and bragging rights!

Judges are a five-person committee:

  1. Jessica Geddings, Director of Surgical Services
  2. Dr. Marc Fernandez, Chief of Surgery
  3. Dr. Raylene Platel, Chief Medical Officer
  4. Caroline Stewart, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
  5. Doug Dodd, Citrus County School Board


Name the Surgical Robot

Complete this form to submit your entry.




Facts about the daVinci si robot

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist surgeons with an operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by a surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so the surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body. And, da Vinci software can minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.

da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made by the surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. da Vinci Surgery is therefore considered “minimally invasive surgery.”