SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that its new surgical robot will now be called Rosie, in honor of Rosie the Riveter from Pulaski County.
A community-wide contest started in mid-September to name the robot and ended last Friday with nearly 70 entries.
“It was a close vote,” said Robert Parker, general manager of Lake Cumberland. “We had fun choosing a name from the nominations and we love that Rosie’s name has ties to Pulaski County and represents innovation in our community. Most importantly, we hope this fun contest has allowed the public to learn about our robotics offerings and further explore their surgical options at Cumberland Lake.
In total, four participants suggested Rosie’s name, and among these, one winner was chosen at random.
Nate Pilcher, from Nancy, Ky., Won the grand prize of a $ 100 Amazon gift card and shared, “I chose Rosie as the creative name for the robot because Rosie the Riveter was from Pulaski County. and has ties to Cumberland Lake. I also loved the cartoon The Jetsons when I was younger and how Rosie still helped George, his children and the other members of the household. I thought the name Rosie might help ease the minds of patients who might need to use the surgical robot in the future.
Rose Will Monroe aka “Rosie the Riveter” was born in Science Hill, Kentucky and after being widowed, moved to Detroit, Michigan during World War II.
Determined to find work and support the war effort, Rosie rose to fame in film and Norman Rockwell’s painting which depicts her flexing her muscles and sporting that famous red polka dot scarf as a promoter of War Bonds. , exclaiming “We can do it!”
The other three people who recommended the name Rosie will also receive a small gift.
Honorable mentions in the contest included the names HECTOR (Healthier Communities Through Robotics), Stitches, Chappie, and THOR (The Hospital Operating Robot).
Lake Cumberland installed the new surgical robot in early September and has already used it to perform several surgeries.
Located next to the table in the operating room, the robot allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be measured, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments at the operative site. The robot is 100% controlled by the surgeon and can often offer faster recovery times and fewer complications for patients undergoing surgery.