Coral Gables, FL, January 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation has received a $300,000 donation to purchase the HyGreen® Hand Hygiene System, a state of the art electronic hand washing monitoring device for several units throughout Miami Children’s Hospital.
The gift was made by an anonymous donor in honor of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Chairman Thomas M. Cornish, who also is President & CEO of Seitlin Insurance.
“I am deeply honored by this generous contribution to an organization that is near and dear to my heart,” said Cornish. “It is essential for our government, business and philanthropic leaders to come together to support children’s health care for the sustainability of our community and I cannot think of a more innovative pediatric institution than Miami Children’s.”
HyGreen was first installed in Miami Children’s Hospital’s Oncology Unit in 2010. This marked the nation’s first installation of HyGreen in a children’s hospital.
To enhance patient safety, the HyGreen system reminds health care workers to wash their hands. After cleaning their hands with alcohol-containing soaps and gels, health care workers place them under the HyGreen sensor that sends a wireless “all clean” message to a badge worn by the health care worker. A wireless monitor above the patient bed searches for the message. If it is absent, the badge vibrates, reminding the health care worker to wash. All interactions are recorded in a database in real-time.
“Miami Children’s is committed to the highest level of patient safety standards to benefit our children and families,” said Deise Granado-Villar, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President Medical Affairs. “MCH is the first children's hospital to implement this innovative technology to enable our entire clinical staff to be in the forefront of hand hygiene compliance, the most effective tool in infection prevention and control. This step adds an additional layer of protection and healing to the children who seek our care from across the globe, and it indeed makes Miami Children's Hospital a leader in the prevention of hospital acquired infections.”
To support other innovations at Miami Children’s Hospital, please visit www.mchf.org or 305.666.2889.
About Miami Children's Hospital Foundation
Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child need leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, the Foundation helped 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols.
Ten Miami Children's Hospital pediatric specialty services are among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2011-12 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. Miami Children's is the only hospital in Florida with programs listed in all 10 categories in which the publication offers rankings.
Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 170 pediatric hospitals in North America affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and South Florida’s only freestanding Hospital dedicated exclusively to children. To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit www.mchf.org, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCHFoundation, or call 305-666-2889 (toll free: 1-800-987-8701).
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About HyGreen, Inc.
HyGreen, Inc. is an innovative technology company whose mission is to improve lives by safeguarding health through technology. Its HyGreen® Hand Hygiene product provides hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, doctor’s offices, restaurants and educational institutions with the tools to measure hand hygiene, improve hand hygiene behaviors, increase facility quality and decrease infection control costs. HyGreen, developed by researchers at the University of Florida, has received the Popular Science Best of What’s New Award, the Medical Design Excellence Award, and was recently nominated for a World Technology Award. For more information, visit www.hygreeninc.com.