McKINNEY (April 2, 2014) — The newest members of Medical Center of McKinney’s surgical team officially have names thanks to two creative McKinney ISD elementary students.

Addison Cusack, a Kindergartener at Wilmeth Elementary, and Brendan Stutler, a first grader at Wolford Elementary, submitted the winning names for the two surgical robots.

Addison’s name for the MAKO orthopedic robot is HOPE (Helping Other People Electronically) and Brendan’s name for the da Vinci surgical robot is MONA (McKinney’s Own Non-Invasive Assistant). The names were selected from hundreds of submissions by a panel of judges including physicians and hospital representatives.

Addison Cusack meets HOPE the orthopedic robot.

Addison Cusack meets HOPE the orthopedic robot.

Both Addison and Brendan received a family membership to the Heard Museum for one year, and an opportunity to come into the operating room and meet their robot and the surgeons who use this technology daily. They were also given an opportunity to test-drive their robot.

The librarians for Wilmeth and Wolford Elementary Schools, Brenda Ross and Susan Hannah, respectively, also received $500 each for their school libraries.

The orthopedic robot, HOPE, has robotic arm technology that allows orthopedic surgeons to perform knee and hip replacements with utmost precision and accuracy, conserving bone and anatomy, and allowing the implant to last longer.


“The MAKOplasty procedure is ideal for patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. The technology allows us to make smaller incisions and cut less muscle, causing less muscle damage.

Brendan Stutler meets MONA the da Vinci robot.

Brendan Stutler meets MONA the da Vinci robot.

Patients scars are smaller; they are recovering faster and are ready to get back to their active lifestyle sooner,” said Charles Toulson, MD, Director of Orthopedic Services at Medical Center of McKinney.

The da Vinci SI is the most advanced surgical robotic system that provides surgeons with superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy, surgical dexterity and precision far greater than the human hand and enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field.

“The da Vinci technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand and allows surgeons to extend minimally invasive procedures with improved outcomes for a wide range of patients,” said David Lambert, MD, general surgeon at Medical Center of McKinney.

Medical Center of McKinney is committed to providing the community with the latest technology and advanced medicine, and these two surgical robots, HOPE and MONA, enhance the services Medical Center of McKinney is able to provide its patients.


About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an advanced biplane catherization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders. For more information visit