By Roger Morris
A new nurses’ helper at ChristianaCare works 22 hours a day—without a break. The helper can tote up to 70 pounds of materials and never asks for a pay raise.
Actually, there will soon be five of these helpers, and they are all named Moxi.
Moxi is a collaborative robot—or “cobot”— that, once it learns its way through the corridors, can deliver items to patients, pick up and drop off lab samples, deliver just-in-time drugs not stocked on the floor, and perform other specific or programmed tasks.
Moxi—who looks a little like Rosie from The Jetsons—is being provided through a $1.5 million grant from the American Nurses Foundation. They’ll be integrated into the hospital’s electronic health record platform and will assist 400 nurses working in 11 different inpatient units.
“With robotic technology, we are using resources wisely and effectively,” says Ric Cuming, chief nurse executive and president of ChristianaCare HomeHealth. “[We’re] creating more efficient workflows, reducing repetitive tasks, and freeing up nurses’ time for the complex clinical work that they excel at doing.”
Moxi is gender neutral, answering to “it” or “they.”
By Ashley Breeding
Kingston Auction House—a division of Stuart Kingston Jewelers— held a major auction in late spring, where it sold a rare sapphire and diamond necklace and earring set for a record-setting $1.28 million. The set, which came from a well-known du Pont estate in Delaware, was the highest-priced auction item in Delaware’s history.
Specializing in jewelry, Kingston Auction House holds up to three auctions each year. Started by Maurice Stein in the 1930s, the family-owned business is now run by his son James “Jim” Stein and grandson Edward Stein in Greenville.
Bidders from around the globe participated in person, or via internet, telephone or absentee bidding. “[It] was a lengthy contest between multiple phone bidders and in-house bidders,” says Edward, “and was eventually won by a phone bidder.…Those in attendance cheered at the hammer price and were witness to something very special.” Other highlights of the jewelry auction included pieces designed by David Yurman, Buccellati and Tiffany, among others.
“It was such an honor to be able to auction off something so special,’’ Jim adds. “It truly is a very rare and beautiful set. It can never be made again.”
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