Jamestown Regional Medical Center raised more than $75,000 on Giving Hearts Day – setting a new organizational record.

More than 200 donors gave on Giving Hearts Day, supporting hospital initiatives including the Xenex LightStrike germ-zapping robot.

Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation Director, said, “Every gift to Jamestown Regional Medical Center counts because it improves the quality of care for more than 55,000 people in our region. Thank you for being there for us and for our patients.”

Ultraviolet light from the Xenex LightStrike Robot reduces the risk of surgical site infections. This technology eliminates bacteria, viruses and protozoa and eradicates dangerous microorganisms such as drug-resistant superbugs including C. Diff, MRSA and VRE. As part of the fundraising campaign, JRMC is asking the public to vote for the winning name in the Name The Robot contest.

“The Name The Robot contest is a great way to get the word out about this new, germ-zapping technology,” said JRMC Foundation Director Lisa Jackson. “Plus it ties into the need during cold and flu season.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread influenza across the United States, and the rate of hospitalization from the flu is at an all-time high.

Several hospitals are using Xenex LightStrike Robots to help stop the spread of the flu within their facility.

The robot uses a high-intensity pulsed-xenon UV light to disinfect hospital rooms in five-minute cycles. Over 400 hospitals are currently using this technology, and customers have published peer-reviewed studies showing reductions in infection rates from 50% – 100%!

The technology can be used in any department or any unit at JRMC, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, contact precaution areas, emergency rooms, bathrooms and public spaces. Each robot costs about $100,000.

Vote for winning robot name in the Name The Robot contest. Voting deadline is 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. The winning name will be announced Monday, Feb. 19.

To learn more, call (701) 942-4880.