Fred Finewood, a junior at Lyons High School was the winner in for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital’s newest piece of surgical technology, the daVinci® Surgical Robot. The daVinci’s name will be R.O.S.S., an acronym for Robotic Operating Surgical System. Fred chose the name because he thought, “with the surgeon’s hands, the daVinci could make a person’s life better without making them feel more uncomfortable.”

Fred Finewood, a junior at Lyons High School was the winner in for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital’s newest piece of surgical technology, the daVinci® Surgical Robot. The daVinci’s name will be R.O.S.S., an acronym for Robotic Operating Surgical System. Fred chose the name because he thought, “with the surgeon’s hands, the daVinci could make a person’s life better without making them feel more uncomfortable.”

Two other students, Tommy Jensen from Newark and Howie Barnes chose the name S.A.M. and were runners-up. In all, 60 students from three school districts, Newark, Palmyra and Lyons in addition to BOCES New Vision and Nursing students participated in the naming contest. Fred was awarded four passes to the Rochester Museum and Science Center and a gift card for Dinosaur Barbecue.

“We thank the school districts that participated,” said Mark Klyczek, president of Newark-Wayne. “The daVinci surgical robot is yet another major investment in technology by the hospital to serve our patients.  We recently implement an electronic medical record throughout the hospital and physician offices, and the students today are uniquely positioned to understand how technology will affect their health care today and in the future.”

“This is the best surgical system system for many surgeries in some specialties,” said Alexandre Andreitchouk, M.D., OB/GYN, one of the physicians who operates using the daVinci. “I came to Newark because I knew that it would be available for my patients.”

The daVinci® Robotic System is a highly precise, minimally invasive surgical option that usually results in fewer side effects than traditional surgery for a better patient experience option for surgical patients. By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, the da Vinci® Robotic System enables surgeons to perform high-quality minimally invasive surgery (MIS) with smaller incisions that promote faster healing. Newark-Wayne is now providing this option for Urology and Gynecological procedures.

Dr. Ralph Madeb, chief of Surgery at Newark-Wayne, who uses the daVinci for Urology surgeries, was “beamed-in” to speak to the students via a Telehealth link from Rochester General Hospital, where he is also on staff. Newark-Wayne is an affiliate of Rochester General Hospital and Rochester General Health System.

“This is kind of like using a really high-tech video game,” he joked to the students. “I’m pleased that you have had the opportunity to see this. You will all be in good form to use this when you become doctors.”

“Really, more and more surgeries are being done on the daVinci because it usually provides faster healing and less pain and blood loss. It demonstrates how we want to provide the best for our patients,” he added.

For more information on the daVinci, go to www.newarkwaynehospital.org.