Newest S.F. hospital features tray-delivering robots
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital uses “Tugs” to cart food, medicine and more to patient floors.
The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center at Mission Bay will employ 25 robots to traverse the 800,000-square-foot hospital, carrying food trays, pharmaceuticals, and even blood and tissue samples to appropriate parts of the facility. Employees who used to make such deliveries will be assigned other, more meaningful duties, say administrators.
Providence Health & Services, based in Portland, is phasing such drinks out of its hospitals, clinics and business offices over a two-month period. According to the healthcare system, Providence would be the largest such organization on the West Coast to make such a change. The ban includes drinks sweetened with HFCS, sucrose, dextrose and even cane sugar.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine slams Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital for its contract with Chick-fil-A, calling it one of the “six worst public hospital food environments” out of more than 200 medical centers surveyed. But the hospital’s administrators have taken issue with the report, calling it flawed and suggesting that the PCRM has ignored a number of steps the hospital has taken to improve patent and community health.