A robot that helps doctors perform hip and knee replacements at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center is known for its accuracy and precision. Now it’s
also being known by its new name – R.O.S.I. – to help put
patients at ease.
R.O.S.I. is an acronym for Robot of Orthopedic Surgery Intelligence. That
accurately describes the
MAKOplasty® surgical robot. But even more importantly it feels friendly and non-threatening, “kind
of like your favorite grandma,” said Tyler Skrief, a sixth grader
at Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS), who named the robot.
SBMC turned to sixth graders in technology classes at MPMS to come up with
a name. “As a teaching hospital, we are very committed to improving
the health and wellness of our patients and their families as well as
educating future generations. This contest was a perfect way to partner
with our local school system to educate the students and tap into their
creativity,” states Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, SBMC’s President and CEO.
The challenge was timed at the beginning of a unit on different types of
technology explained MPMS teacher Aleksandr Sadiwnyk. Saint Barnabas provided
educational materials and videos to help students understand the role
of robots in biotechnology. Margie Heller, the Administrative Director
of Community Health and Outreach at SBMC, added, “ It is part of
our mission for community members of all ages to have an opportunity to
be involved and learn about the technological advancements that are taking
place at the medical center. The students embraced the contest and submitted
excellent entries. Selecting one winner was very difficult.”
Saint Barnabas Medical Center provides the region's only robotic surgical
treatment option for more accurate hip and partial knee replacement. Orthopedic surgeons control a robotic arm during the state-of-the-art
treatments. “It’s like coloring between the lines, 100 percent
of the time,” Michael Rieber, MD, told students who attended a naming
celebration on March 23, 2016 at the Medical Center.
About 45 students took part in the naming challenge, submitting their ideas
and justification for a name during their technology cycle and were rewarded
with certificates and a pizza party.
“Students who study technology education realize that the types of
technologies available change over time, but understand that something
as simple as a wheel, and as complex as a smart phone, are both forms
of technology,” Mr. Sadiwnyk said. “By studying principles
of design, and becoming more comfortable with problem solving and concepts
in technology, students are better able to understand the important role
of technology in our lives in the past and in our future.”
Pictured at the Name The Robot Event held March 23, 2016, at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, with R.O.S.I., from left, are Aleksandr
Sadiwnyk, Technology Education Teacher, Mt. Pleasant Middle School; Deborah
Ostrowski, Principal, Mt. Pleasant Middle School; Stephen P. Zieniewicz,
FACHE, President and CEO; Luciana Mullman, Manager of Specialty Surgical
Programs; Margie Heller, Administrative Director of Community Health &
Outreach; Tyler; and Michael Rieber, MD, orthopedic surgeon and Director
of The Joint Institute at Saint Barnabas.
To learn more, contact Luciana Mullman, Manager of Specialty Surgical Programs,
at 973.322.9908, or visit