Guthrie announced the arrival of special robots that use pulsed xenon light technology to disinfect its operating rooms.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. and Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y., have acquired four Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots™ which help create a safer environment for patients and staff by quickly destroying the germs and bacteria that can cause healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

The disinfecting robots flash intense germicidal light to create the cleanest possible Operating Rooms, and the Xenex robots have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to significantly reduce infection rates at other facilities. Guthrie Vice President of Surgical Services, Barbara Pennypacker, said, "Guthrie is constantly looking for ways to improve care for our patients, and this is one innovative way to prevent infections and ensure quality care for every patient, every time."

The robots emit Full-Spectrum™, high intensity bursts of ultraviolet-C light that efficiently kill superbugs and pathogens on surfaces in five minutes or less. An entire Operating Room is sanitized in 15 minutes with the use of the robot.

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 a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network.

Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 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.

Xenex’s patented Full-Spectrum pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is used for the advanced disinfection of healthcare facilities.

The Xenex mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by eliminating the deadly microorganisms that cause HAIs.