HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — “Yeah so you gotta make an appointment with Tru-D around here because everybody wants her,” Michelle Miller, Environmental Services Manager at Wayne Memorial Hospital, said.
There are two new “employees” at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, but they’re not human. Meet Tru-D (affectionately called Trudi), the hospital’s Ultraviolet-C germ-killing robots.
“She will kill 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria on any hard surfaces. And she’s a Godsend. We appreciate having her,” Miller said.
The robots work through powerful ultraviolet light. Miller walked Eyewitness News through a typical cleaning session with Trudi.
“The housekeeper will go in and do her traditional job cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants. After that, once the floor is dry and the room is read, Trudi comes in and maybe picks up anything that a housekeeper may have missed,” Miller said.
The two robots cost $179,000 and were brought home late October after being on the hospital’s wish list for years.
“With the onset of last year, we had a little bit of swine flu and then this year with COVID it was just determined that it was definitely a need here in the hospital. COVID got ramped up in the spring and that’s when we decided we needed two,” Miller said.
Trudi gives both patients and employees a sense of security.
“It just makes us feel better knowing that these rooms are clean. They are ready for their next patient. There is no risk of transmitting to the next patient. It is clean. And it’s as clean as it’s going to get,” Miller said.