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St. Bernard Parish Hospital Introduces Germ-Fighting Robot to Enhance Patient Safety


Community invited to submit name ideas for innovative robot

Bernard Parish Hospital (SBPH)
is enhancing patient safety and
reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections with a Xenex LightStrike
room disinfection robot. SBPH is the only healthcare facility in
Louisiana east of New Orleans with this germ-fighting
, which has been proven to quickly destroy the most common
as well as the most dangerous pathogens that can cause infections.

LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots™ help hospitals reduce
their infection rates
by killing microscopic germs and superbugs
through use of pulsed xenon, an environmentally friendly noble gas, to
create intense ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light quickly destroys
harmful germs in less than five minutes. The device is being used in
addition to existing routine cleaning procedures as an extra level of
protection against the microorganisms that can cause infections.

SBPH is inviting patients, employees and community members to submit
name ideas for the robot via email at
Visitors to the hospital can also submit names at the information desk.
The naming contest ends on September 20; the winning name will be
announced on September 21.

"The safety of our patients is top priority. Parish residents deserve,
and will be provided, an experience that is worry-free in a safe
environment at St. Bernard Parish Hospital," said Kim Keene, CEO of St.
Bernard Parish Hospital. "The Xenex robot is just one example of many
best practices happening at the facility right now to bring a higher
level of quality to this community."

Hospitals using Xenex devices have published outcome studies
in peer-reviewed journals showing 50-100 percent decreases in Clostridium
difficile (C.diff),
MRSA and Surgical Site Infection rates after the
robots were used for room disinfection. In addition to the new
LightStrike robot at St. Bernard Parish Hospital, Ochsner currently has
18 robots at its Jefferson Highway campus, where it saw a 49 percent
decrease in infection rates in the first four months after adding
LightStrike room disinfection to its cleaning protocol.

"We are always looking for opportunities to enhance the quality of care
we provide patients," said Sandra Kemmerly, MD, System Medical Director
of Hospital Quality, Ochsner Health System. "Adding LightStrike Robots
to our room disinfection process improves our ability to destroy
dangerous pathogens and reduce the risk of infections. It creates a
safer environment, for our patients, our employees, and the communities
we serve."

St. Bernard Parish Hospital is owned by the Hospital Service District of
the Parish of St. Bernard, State of Louisiana, a political subdivision
of the State, and managed by Ochsner Health System. For more information
about St. Bernard Hospital or to schedule an appointment, visit
or call 866.624.7636.

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic,
healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and
Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided
across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated
hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers.
Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World
Report as a "Best Hospital" across three specialty categories caring for
patients from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide each
year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,200
physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and,
conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System
is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please
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