In one of the quieter moments of my very long workday, I went for a tour of the Pharmacy. I'm trying to learn the various parts of the hospital, so this was the latest stop.
While the Pharmacy Director was giving me the tour, we passed an area where I heard a sound keep repeating. *whoosh* *whoosh* *whoosh*
I had to ask what the sound was. "That's our robot." Sure enough, down there in the basement of the hospital lurks a large, fast-moving robot. It resides in its own room and quickly fills prescription after prescription. It's driven by orders entered into the computer system that it then matches to plastic boxes coded to make their way to the right floor, unit, room and patient.
While some other hospitals now have such beasts lurking within, I learned that we were the first in New York City to have one. It can't do everything, but it sure helps speed things along and minimize mistakes.
Oh, by the way, today marked one month at the new job. It went fast, and, despite some organizational concerns, it seems to be going well.