Newswise — MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (May 3, 2021) – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has launched a “Name the Robot Contest” for the hospital’s new da Vinci XI system.  The hospital is asking local community members to put their creative thinking caps and suggest a nickname for the robot.

The entry form can be accessed on the hospital’s website  The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021. A panel of judges comprised of hospital employees and physicians will choose winners based on creativity and originality.  The winner wilbe contacted, and the winning entry will be announced to the public no later than Friday, June 14, 2021.  

Name the Robot Contest Rules:

  • The contest is open to all ages
  • Multiple entries per person are acceptable
  • Deadline for submission is Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The hospital has offered robotic–assisted surgeries for a decade.  This new da Vinci Xi gives patients a minimally invasive option for general surgery procedures.

“The da Vinci Xi System provides an alternative to open surgery that reduces a patient’s length of stay and lowers the risk of complications associated with open procedures,” says Tim O’Brien, chief executive officer. “This advanced technology provides Mountainside with the ability to make minimally invasive surgery our standard of care.”

Other potential benefits of the da Vinci Xi System include shorter hospital stays, fewer blood loss, faster recovery and smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring.

“One of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery is the decreased amount of scar tissue after surgery,” says Harvey Rainville, M.D., robotic and general surgeon at Mountainside Medical Center. “There tends to be much less scar formation inside of the abdomen after robotic procedures compared to traditional procedures.”

Robotic surgery is available in several sub-specialties including urology, colorectal, gynecology and thoracic surgery.

To learn more about robotic surgery at Mountainside Medical Center please visit  To find a robotic surgeon near you please visit  call 1-888-973-4674.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

The da Vinci Surgical System is a surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomic surgeon console or consoles, a patient-side cart with three or four interactive arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci Surgical System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with advanced surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort compared to other surgical approaches, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for skilled surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction.

About Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit