Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Wins 2013 Hand Hygiene All-American Award for Safety, Quality and Leadership in Healthcare

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital recently received the Hand Hygiene All-American award from Proventix Systems, Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. Healthcare workers from the hospital’s oncology unit, 5 Main, earned the award while participating in a pilot program designed to boost hand hygiene compliance on the unit.

The pilot program used Proventix’s nGage™ monitoring system with radio frequency identification (RFID) badges. The system tracks hand-washing compliance via sensor technology.

“We are very proud that our healthcare workers on the oncology unit have been recognized as leaders in hand hygiene,” said Bonnie Onofre, vice president and chief nursing officer at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. “We can certainly see the value in expanding this program throughout the hospital,” she said.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.