Meet HOPE and MONA: Elementary students name McKinney hospital's surgical robots


Published: 04/04/2014

by McKinney Courier-Gazette


The newest members of Medical Center of McKinney’s surgical team officially have names thanks to two McKinney ISD elementary students.

Addison Cusack, a kindergartener at Wilmeth Elementary, and Brendan Stutler, a first-grader at Wolford Elementary, submitted the winning names for the two surgical robots at the hospital.

A panel of judges including physicians and hospital representatives selected the names from hundreds of submissions.

Addison’s name for the MAKO orthopedic robot is HOPE, for “Helping Other People Electronically,” and Brendan’s name for the da Vinci surgical robot is MONA, for “McKinney’s Own Non-invasive Assistant.”

Addison and Brendan received a family membership to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary for one year, and an opportunity to come into the operating room and meet their robot and the surgeons who use this technology daily. They were also given an opportunity to test-drive their robot.

Brenda Ross and Susan Hannah, librarians at Wilmeth and Wolford, respectively, each received $500 for their school libraries.

The orthopedic robot, HOPE, has robotic-arm technology that allows orthopedic surgeons to perform knee and hip replacements with precision, conserving bone and anatomy and allowing the implant to last longer.

“The MAKOplasty procedure is ideal for patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. The technology allows us to make smaller incisions and cut less muscle, causing less muscle damage,” said Dr. Charles Toulson, MCM’s director of orthopedic services. “Patients’ scars are smaller; they are recovering faster and are ready to get back to their active lifestyle sooner.”

The da Vinci SI is the most advanced surgical robotic system, according to hospital officials, and it provides surgeons with superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy, surgical dexterity and precision far greater than the human hand, and enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of the operative field.

“The da Vinci technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand and allows surgeons to extend minimally invasive procedures with improved outcomes for a wide range of patients,” said Dr. David Lambert, general surgeon at MCM.

The two surgical robots, now known as HOPE and MONA, enhance the services MCM is able to provide its patients.