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Trick-or-Treating with Hospital Robots

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Erin Hare, Ph.D.
Manager, Science Writing

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WHAT: To celebrate Halloween, the TUG robots that typically deliver pharmaceuticals at UPMC Presbyterian will don costumes and hand out candy to hospital visitors. 


One TUG will dress as a big, orange pumpkin, and another will be a witch, complete with programming that allows it to cackle at will. They’ll both learn new phrases for the event, like “Happy Halloween!,” “Trick or treat!” and “I love your costume!” 


When encountering kids, the TUGs will open a compartment, usually reserved for medications, to reveal candy and small prizes. 


The 12-year-old mastermind behind the costumes – son of the pharmacy operations director who oversees the TUG fleet – will be on site and available for interviews. 


WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018


WHERE: UPMC Presbyterian, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, 15213.


Note to Media: To cover this event, prior arrangements must be made by contacting Erin Hare at 412-738-1097 or