Avala is currently the only healthcare facility in Louisiana offering robotic-assisted surgeries for total hip replacement, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement and spine surgery.

Avala Hospital installed the latest advancements from Stryker’s Mako Technology for orthopaedic surgery and a state-of-the-art Globus ExcelsiusGPS navigational robot used in minimally invasive spine procedures. This technology will provide for faster, more accurate procedures and allow patients a shorter recovery period.

Avala invited these local elementary schools and third grade students to help us name our three robots: Magnolia Trace Elementary School, Mandeville Elementary School, and Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. Avala and Globus toured the participating schools and provided the students with the educational opportunity to meet the ExcelsiusGPS spine robot and learn more about its capabilities.

The students who participated in our contest submitted names for our robots and completed a worksheet where they were able to design/draw their own robot of the future, give it a name, and let us know how it would impact patients. Each winning third grade class was also awarded a pizza party.

Name Our Robot Contest Winners


Magnolia Trace Elementary School -Jude Nunenmacher
Robot Name: Avalance

Mandeville Elementary School – Charlie Kingrea
Robot Name: Drew Knees

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School – William Authement
Robot Name: R2-Knee2

Robot School Tour Photos

Magnolia Trace Elementary School
Magnolia Trace Elementary School
Magnolia Trace Elementary School
Mandeville Elementary School
Mandeville Elementary School
Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School
Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School
Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School