(Napa, CA) – "Sir Lancebot" was the winning entry in a
recent contest held by Queen of the Valley Medical Center to name the
Queen's latest hi-tech addition to its surgical team, a new surgical
da Vinci robot. Six-year-old Austin Whitehead, a student at Napa’s
Vichy Elementary School, submitted the winning entry.
A committee with members from the hospital’s marketing, mission integration
and medical staffs, along with a representative from the Napa Valley Superintendent
of Schools Office, reviewed more than 700 entries submitted by Napa Valley
kids. The Queen’s "Robot Naming Contest" was open to Napa
area children up to 10 years of age. Children were invited to participate
through an ongoing media, direct mail and public relations campaign. Entry
materials were also available from area schools and at Queen of the Valley
Austin's mother Melanie Whitehead isn't surprised by the nature
of the name her son came up with.
"Austin has always been fascinated by medieval times," she says.
"He’s wanted to learn everything he can about knights of the
roundtable. So with the hospital’s ‘Queen’ name, he
started thinking in that direction right away. And ‘bot’ seemed
obvious to him."
"Austin's been very excited since the day he entered. So we were
all thrilled when he got his big news." Melanie added that Austin
is looking forward to meeting "Sir Lancebot" in person at Queen
of the Valley. As one of the benefits for Austin's having won the
contest, his class will take a guided tour of the Queen’s surgery
department – where Sir Lancebot is already hard at work assisting
"The Queen has been performing robotically assisted surgeries since
2002," says Napa surgeon Dr. Susan Gonzalez. "Our new robot
has provided our surgical patients and physicians with the very latest
positioning, guiding and monitoring capabilities, which also enables us
to perform additional procedures. All we needed was a new name. And all
of us here at the Queen are grateful to Austin and the other kids who
helped find just the right name for Sir Lancebot."
Austin’s first grade class at Vichy Elementary School received a Wii
TM system and Wii
TM Fit because of his winning submission and his school will also receive $500.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center,
a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of
Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient
and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service
emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information
about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at
www.thequeen.org . To learn more about Queen’s robotics program, visit thequeen.org/robotics.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the
tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving
the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.
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