A year ago, a da Vinci Robotic surgical system was purchased for Hammond-Henry Hospital’s surgical department.

A year ago, a da Vinci Robotic surgical system was purchased for Hammond-Henry Hospital’s surgical department.

Though the word “robotic” is in its name, the da Vinci Robotic system does not act on its own. Its movements are controlled by the surgeon, who sits at a console in the same room.

While the machine’s surgical capabilities are considered “cutting-edge,” it did lack one thing — a name.

The surgical staff at Hammond-Henry Hospital turned to elementary students in Geneseo and asked for name suggestions.

Northside first-grader Caleb Nash entered the winning name, “Hammy.”

“We were playing around with the name Hammond-Henry and trying to see what we could come up with from that,” explained Caleb’s mom, Kyra.

Since its introduction at the hospital a year ago, “Hammy” has helped with nearly 170 surgical cases.

“Hammy” has a 3D high-definition vision system, special instruments and computer software allowing the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, which allows the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the body.

“Hammy” was officially introduced to members of the public during a recent open house hosted by the hospital’s surgical department.

A coloring contest was held in conjunction with the naming contest. Coloring winners included:

• Kindergarten - Ruby Air (St Malachy’s)

• First Grade - Garrett Tranel (Southwest)

• Second Grade - Camryn Ebert (Northside)

• Third Grade - Callie Copland (Millikin)

• Fourth Grade - Brooklyn Bos (Northside)

• Fifth Grade - Julia Lewis (Northside)