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Becker’s Webinar: Follow-up Q and A with BayCare Health System

Posted by Tru-D SmartUVC 12.14.21

St-Francis_Maintaining a clean and germ-free environment is crucial for health care facilities, especially during a pandemic.

During a December webinar hosted by Becker’s Hospital Review and sponsored by Tru-D SmartUVC, two presenters discussed how BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida, has partnered with its hospital foundation and Tru-D SmartUVC to ensure high levels of cleanliness using innovative technologies:

  • Alice Brewer, clinical affairs director, Tru-D SmartUVC
  • Eric Barsema, director of community impact, Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation
  1. Q) What is your infection rate annually since using the Tru-D device in your hospitals?

Alice Brewer: I can say the numbers did start going down with the addition of Tru-D and the consistent utilization of the devices within the hospitals.

According to Suzanne Chandler, System Director of Infection Prevention & Control for BayCare, “The composite scores of our standardized infection ratios (SIRs) have decreased in the hospitals using the UVC robots.”

2. Q) You were talking about most of the grants have been directed towards new technology; however, economists talk about new technology and rising healthcare costs. What are your thoughts on that?

Eric Barsema: At our foundation, as part of the BayCare Health Care System, they have one large capital budget to disperse between 15 hospitals. Anything the foundation grants is kind of the cherry on top. Morton Plant has a $10 million budget. If we give them $2 million, then they will have $12 million. Our mission is to support the hospital. They often come to us to fund technology because it’s outside, sometimes, of the initial scope. They look to us to help fund whatever it may be because that’s kind of, at least for our health system, it’s the cherry on top. It goes above the capital budget.

3. Q) Where is Tru-D located?

Alice: Tru-D SmartUVC is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and it has an extensive, field-based service team and sales team. There is a national team of regional sales managers and support specialists who work with customers across the country who are available for hospitals to lean on and utilize. It’s a very broad-based network.

4. Q) How has this technology made a difference in your facility?

Eric: Tru-D has been great over the years of training our health care team and our EVS team on how to properly use them and support 24 hours per day. When I am in the hospital, I see the Tru-D team there and working hand in hand.

When we initially approved those 4-5 units, and when they came back wanting to purchase more devices, the board wanted to see that the machines were making a difference. And the success of those 4-5 units was the reason for funding more.

Alice: Pre-pandemic, we were definitely seeing declines in the rates of infections. They are having a positive impact. We hope as we get to the other side of this pandemic, we can restart those partnerships to make sure the clinical side of it is going in the right direction.

5. Q) Has investing in this technology improved community perception of your facility?

Eric: Absolutely. I’ve been to countless luncheons and events where we have talked about the foundation funding so many of these and being proud that we were funding these well before the pandemic. At the beginning of last year, our community felt comfortable knowing we had invested in so many of these robots and gave them extra reassurance that the rooms were as clean as possible.

6. Q) How do you get buyin from top leadership?

We have a really close relationship with our hospital president and the president of BayCare. Oftentimes, even if we have a donor who is very passionate about a piece of technology or launching a program in the hospital, we have to get buy-in from leadership. We won’t accept a gift unless it’s something the leadership wants to pursue. With Tru-D, it would have stopped if the top leadership hadn’t bought in. We have an ongoing meeting once per week, which most hospitals do. The foundation is present in those meetings. For 15 minutes or so, we talk about what we’ve funded or new technologies the hospital wants funding for, and hopefully we can match that with a donor who has a passion for that initiative. It’s an ongoing, daily interaction with our hospital leadership to make sure we are pursuing and funding the right things that the hospital wants to do.

To read a recap of the webinar, click here.

Posted 12.14.21
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