On Sept. 12, representatives from Surfacide announced an in-kind donation of their infection prevention technology to St. Bernard Hospital to help the safety net hospital maintain its high standards for patient safety.
Just as the hospital kicks-off special activities for Environmental Services Week, Surfacide will donate their Helios Disinfection system – a trio of light-emitting robots that significantly reduce microorganisms on colonized hard surfaces using chemical-free UV-C energy. The equipment is valued at $100,000.
St. Bernard Hospital will now be amongst top hospitals in Illinois including Northwestern University Hospital and University of Chicago Medicine using the Surfacide Helios System and the only safety net hospital in the state to use the equipment.
The multiple emitter system will be deployed across key units throughout the hospital including the Emergency Department, Pharmacy, ICU and OR units. St. Bernard Hospital staff are currently undergoing training on proper use of the equipment.
“We are incredibly inspired by St. Bernard’s commitment to patient safety and their journey to achieve an A rating by LeapFrog” said Gunner Lyslo, Founder and CEO of Surfacide. “We feel strongly that all patients deserve the same standards of safety and care regardless of their economic circumstances. It is our delight to provide this critical investment to an institution where our technology’s impact will go far.”
The Surfacide technology donation comes during a pivotal time in St. Bernard Hospital’s patient safety journey as it has worked to improve its patient safety rating by the Leapfrog Hospital Grades Survey from an ‘F’ to an ‘A’ over the past three years.
“We are proud that our patient safety efforts are being recognized in the healthcare community,” said Michael Richardson, St. Bernard’s Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer. “We are grateful for Surfacide’s donation and look forward to using the technology throughout our hospital as we continue to make improvements to our care.”