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Meet MAC!

Students Participate in Naming Telemedicine Robot

As part of an assembly presented at Rochelle Middle School last December, students in the sixth grade learned about stroke awareness and the acronym F.A.S.T. to identify stroke's warning signs. During the presentation, Rochelle Community Hospital also answered questions regarding the hospital's telemedicine robot, demonstrating some of its capabilities with a wireless connection to Central DuPage Hospital's Neuroscience Unit. Students were also invited to participate in a contest to name the robot.


Students left to right: Paige Myroth, Alec Tilton, Mahalia Freier and contest winner Danny Redington. Back row left to right: Jennifer Montgomery, Emergency Department Manager/Stroke Coordinator and Betty Mortensen, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

MAC is "Born"!

Of 185 students, 103 participated and offered their nominations for our new robot. With all the great entries, the choice was tough, but RCH staff chose "MAC" - short for "Mobile Assistant Caretaker." The winning entry was submitted by Danny Redington.

Other great name ideas:

  • First runner-up: Mahalia Freier - "ELVIS" (Eliminating Life-threatening Vascular Interfering Strokes)
  • Second runner-up: Alec Tilton - "MARC" (Medical Assistance Robotic Caregiver)
  • Third runner-up: Paige Myroth - "Rockey" ("Roc" for Rochelle and "key" because the robot is the key to better health and could save someone's life)

Danny was given a plaque at an all-school assembly on December 17 and was invited to tour the hospital with his family, where he visited the surgical department, the radiology department, the rooftop heliport and the emergency department, where he was able to see our new robot with a license plate bearing the name of MAC. 

Thank you to all the sixth graders who participated and special congratulations to Danny on the winning entry!

Thanks to their enthusiastic interest in stroke education, our new robot has a name!

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