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Miami Valley Hospital Provides Extra Help to Fight Germs

Dayton, OH (November 24, 2009) – Miami Valley Hospital now has a special army of helpers to aid in the fight against spreading the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu. The hospital has installed 60 sanitation stations at its main campus and at Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville.

The self-standing stations are placed in public lobbies, waiting areas, and on patient floors. Each station is stocked with disposal face masks, tissues and alcohol based hand sanitizer, which dispenses automatically with the wave of a hand.

“Our number one goal in installing the stations is to help limit the spread of germs,” said Barbara Johnson, vice president of operations.

Miami Valley is the area’s largest hospital with an average daily census of 570.  Thousands of visitors are on the main and south campus every day. 

“With nearly 5,000 employees, high patient volume and the high number of people visiting our campuses daily, we felt we needed to add extra precaution to our already tight infection control efforts.”

Simple actions like covering your mouth and nose and cleaning your hands often, can stop germs and prevent illnesses. With face masks, tissues and hand sanitizer available in public spaces, Miami Valley Hospital hopes to visitors and employees will visit the stations often.

“We believe the stations are being used. Our environmental services staff has constantly replenished supplies since the stations were installed."