(Chittenango, Madison, Oneida, NY) Oneida Healthcare has announced the winners of its “Name the Robot” contest.

“This activity was part of our marketing efforts to help introduce the da Vinci Surgical System to the community,” said Community Relations Director Mike Healy.

According to Healy, elementary students in several area school districts were invited to participate by coloring supplied back-and-white pictures of robots and coming up with a unique name for Oneida Healthcare’s new da Vinci “robot.” Approximately 200 entries were received, and a panel of judges from the hospital’s surgery center ultimately narrowed it down to one very creative name.

“Unsickanator” was submitted by Zak Davis of Mrs. Cotter’s third grade class at Madison Central School. For his first-place effort, Zak will receive a certificate of appreciation, a $50 gift card and his entire class will visit the hospital. They will be treated to a pizza party and get to see a demonstration of the real “robot,” which now bears a nameplate inscribed with “Unsickanator.”

Certificates and $15 gift cards were awarded to five other entries the judges felt deserving of special recognition. Klara Browka of J.D. George Elementary, Verona; Alazayah Smith of Lake Street Elementary, Chittenango; Jaydon Fleigelman of North Broad Street Elementary, Oneida; and Julianna Elberson and Emily Scranton, both of Seneca Street Elementary in Oneida, received those honors.

The six winning entries will be posted on Oneida Healthcare’s Facebook page at facebook.com/OneidaHealth, and all of the entries will be on display in the hospital’s first-floor corridor leading to the café.

“The students did a great job, and we had a lot of fun looking at all of the artwork,” Healy said. “We really appreciate the students’ and teachers’ efforts, especially at this very busy time of year.”

By martha

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