Jack the Otter

Get to Know Our Mascot Jack

Jack & JackJack, the Rocky Mountain river otter, became the mascot for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver in 2009. He is named after Dr. Jack Chang, a pediatric and neonatal surgeon, now retired from active medical practice.

Dr. Chang was among a group of pediatric physicians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgeons who moved their practices to Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center more than 20 years ago. He and his colleagues established a regionally renowned center there caring for high-risk births, neonates, infants, children and teens. That pediatric center has grown and is now named Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL.

Jack, the river otter, was elected from a list of five finalists represented at the Denver zoo: a mountain lion, a grizzly bear, a red panda, a penguin and a Rocky Mountain river otter. Members of the Denver metro community voted during a month long online contest for their favorite animal to be RMHC's mascot.

The animals waged competitive campaigns, and the final tally was so close that the votes from the children who attended RMHC's neonatal intensive care reunion at the Denver Zoo on May 16, 2009, tipped the scales in favor of our winner.

"It's definitely the wildest campaign we've ever seen. It's amazing to see so many people follow the campaign and to see the election strategy that the candidates used. I thought it would come down to the wire, and it did!" says Matt Sogard, chief operating officer for RMHC.

Denver Zoo is proud to partner with HealthONE's Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. We welcome you to visit Jack's brother and sister otters, Ariel and Otto at the Denver Zoo. Jack visits kids at all HealthONE hospitals.