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    Published on May 24, 2017

    Forrest General Hospital announces winners of robot naming contest

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (May 24, 2017) On April 26, Forrest General Hospital unveiled four LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™ and kicked off the Name the Robots contest to find names for them. Today, the hospital announced the winners of the contest and the new names for the robots.

    The robots will be named Adeline, submitted by Davis Townsend; Burgbot, submitted by Kelsey Terrell and Jordan Williams; Hattie, submitted by Sharon Williams; and Mamie, submitted by Laura Walker.

    These names were chosen from hundreds of entries from within the hospital as well as the community. In cases of duplicate nominations, winners were selected by random draw. Within this contest, there was a challenge between area high school robotics classes to submit the most nominations. Oak Grove Robotics won the school challenge, and Robotics teacher, Shelley Songy, accepted a certificate and gift basket on behalf of the students.

    “Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and suggested names for our robots, and congratulations to our winners! I know the committee enjoyed seeing all of the creative entries they had to choose from. We thought Adeline, Hattie, Mamie, and Burgbot were all fun names that reflected the spirit of Hattiesburg,” said Melissa Mazer, MLS (ASCP)CM , infection preventionist.

    The LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots are being used to destroy potentially lethal germs and bacteria, which can pose a risk to patient and employee safety. Forrest General is the first hospital in south Mississippi to tap into a technology that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens.

    For more information about the robots or the naming contest, visit 

    Caption: left to right- Sharon Williams, Forrest General Environmental Services director; Davis Townsend, Forrest General clinical nutrition; Shelley Songy, Oak Grove Robotics teacher; Kelsey Terrell, member of the Oak Grove High School Robotics Team; Jordan Williams, member of the Oak Grove High School Robotics Team

    Not pictured: Laura Williams, community member and educator

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