Local Resident Wins Contest to Name The Orthopedic Surgical System

Winner of the Name that Robot contest, Gina Davis Cooper, meets FCMC CEO Darin Dransfield and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Hicken, MD.

The competition was fierce online with almost 80 entries to give a relatable and fun name to the system for knee replacement surgery.

In July,  Franklin County Medical Center (FCMC) held an online community contest to “Name That Robot” for their new NAVIO™ orthopedic surgical system. The idea originated with the FCMC operating room team who started to refer to the robot with various names. “It’s like when you get your first car. We had this cool machine, but it needed a warm and fuzzy name for both our staff and patients, ” said OR Manager Jonathan Gleason.

Read about the first local patient’s total knee replacement experience with the surgical system.

As part of the campaign to introduce the new capabilities to the community, FCMC asked for entries on their facebook page, with a few simple rules: have fun, be creative, and keep it clean (it’s a family robot after all). The community did not disappoint. With almost 80 entries, the competition was fierce, with members asking their friends and family to vote for their ideas. A friendly debate even broke out among the online chatter and spilled into FCMC’s staff. Is it a female or a male robot?

Eventually, the top five names were chosen by FCMC staff, who asked the online community to help once more and pick the final name. Two names quickly rose to the top: George Cloo-knee and R2Knee2. Eventually, R2Knee2 surged in the last hours, landing in the top spot. Local Preston resident Gina Davis Cooper, who was the first to submit the name R2Knee2, was awarded a $100 Visa gift card, a bag of FCMC swag and had her picture taken with the robot. When asked how she came up with the name Gina exclaimed, “It immediately clicked in my mind that it looked like the R2D2 from Star Wars!” During the presentation of her prizes, Gina had a chance to meet with some of the FCMC surgical staff, see R2Knee2 in person, and even received a personal overview of the system by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory Hicken, MD. Afterward, Gina stated, “It was totally cool to meet everyone and amazing we have something like this for our community. I’m so glad I was part of it.”

Read more about knee replacement surgery and who might benefit from a NAVIO™ assisted surgery on our website.

FCMC CEO Darin Dransfield and Operating Manager Jonathan Gleason, congratulate Gina Davis Cooper on Naming R2Knee2


For physician referrals or to schedule an appointment to see if you’re a candidate for knee replacement surgery call the FCMC Speciality Clinic 208.852.3662.

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About Franklin County Medical Center

The Franklin County Medical Center campus delivers excellence and hospitality in rural healthcare, ranking as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital two years in a row. Located in Preston, Idaho we offer healthcare to southeast Idaho and the surrounding areas in Cache Valley. Our Speciality Clinic offers nine services directly on campus: orthopedics, cardiology, general surgery, ophthalmology, urology, podiatry, ENT, psychiatry, and physiatry.

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