“Since you can see with much clarity with 3D vision, you can identify tissues a lot easier.”
The hospital received the robot, a da Vinci XI Surgical System, back in September. Before then, patients were relocated to other hospitals to complete specific operations, according to Androm.
“Now, we can keep patients in Urbana as well as attract some of the surrounding counties and cities.”
Until recently, the hospital’s robot remained nameless. To solve this dilemma, the hospital turned to students from Graham Middle School for help.
The hospital hosted a naming contest, accepting one submission from each homeroom at the school.
On Monday, the robot finally received a name, voted by the student body. It is now known as ‘Wall-E,’ - a name inspired by a fictional character from a 2008 animated film.
“It was pretty hard. It was fun though,” said Carter Neves, one of the first students to operate the robot.
“I’m happy that we got this opportunity because not many people would,” said Tory Pence.
Katie Setty, the students’ teacher, said that the opportunity taught students about the medical field - a career path which some might pursue.
“It is going to give them that extra dose of life experience that they don’t always get.”