Providence St. Mary's new robot needs name

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Providence St. Mary Medical Center is celebrating its new step into social networking by inviting the public to help name the hospital's new robot.

The Poplar Street medical center is taking suggestions via Facebook for the name, an announcement explained.

The robot, recently added to the hospital's Emergency Department, allows stroke neurologists to "beam in" to the ER and other hospital locations to evaluate stroke patients 24 hours a day, an official said.

The highly trained neurologists are part of Providence Telestroke Network through Providence Brain Institute in Portland. The robot enables them to become a virtual presence in the room. They can see and speak to the patient, family members and ER physicians and nurses. Additionally, the robot can also consult on stroke patients in the hospital, said Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs.

Finding a name for the robot on St. Mary's new Facebook page is just one of numerous interactive bits expected to be posted on the page, she said.

Medical center news, health tips, free screenings, details on classes and medical trivia will also be featured. The page is listed as: Providence St. Mary Medical Center -- official site.

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Doug Simcock, broker at Windermere Walla Walla, has been tapped to help the real estate company ride the cutting edge of technology.

Simcock was selected to join Windermere's Standards of Technology Committee because of his use of technology in building his business, according to an announcement.

The committee meets monthly to discuss tools available to real estate agents, suggest courses and training for agents, and to share best practices and ideas.

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CrossRoads Steakhouse Lounge is giving karaoke fans something to sing about. The Main Street business in the Dacres Building has karaoke Thursdays with Roadster Entertainment. The singing commences at 8 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m., said restaurant owner Kim Kelly-Frank in an announcement.

Happy Hour prices, oyster shooters and potato skins are featured throughout the evening. The karaoke is an addition to a musical lineup that runs throughout the week, she said.

For more information, check out the eateries Facebook page or call 522-1200.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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