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November 12, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta uses a tool called "The Robot" in its pharmacy.

The machine sorts and fills nearly two thousand doses of medicine a day. It also bar codes them to make sure patients get the correct dose. The job used to be done by hand.

 "We used to have to walk the selves and pick everything by hand," said Pharmacy Technician Casandra Kilgore. "Now its pulling it for us its putting it in the right envelope for the right patient We just take the envelope and take it upstairs to the nurses."

The pharmacy robot is an early phase in the hospital's goal to further automate its patient care.