In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility's environmental care services (EVS) team, Mission Hospital has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.

Since its founding, Mission Hospital continues to develop new programs and services to meet the ever changing needs of the community. Mission Hospital has also had a long-standing partnership with CHOC Children's to provide pediatric services.

In 2009, Mission Hospital expanded its geographic footprint to include south Orange County's coastline by acquiring Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.

Improved patient outcomes and the highest quality of care have always been at the core of Mission Hospital, and Tru-D demonstrates the facility's dedication to proactive, excellent patient and staff care.

"Mission Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of patient care possible in the cleanest health care environment possible," said Tarek Salaway, Chief Executive at Mission Hospital.

"The investment of this technology is one of many ways that we are working to safeguard the well-being of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our health care environment."

UV disinfection has been proven by multiple studies as an effective, chemical-free way to rid the environment of harmful pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, VRE and more. In fact, the recently published Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) study results showed that Tru-D reduced the risk of acquisition and infection of target multidrug-resistant organisms among patients admitted to the same room by a cumulative 30%.

After traditional cleaning methods are performed, Tru-D is rolled in to the room to complete the disinfection process. Activated by remote control outside the room, Tru-D operates from one position and administers a single cycle of UV light.

Using patented Sensor360 technology, Tru-D compensates for room variables such as size, shape and contents, taking whatever time is necessary to disinfect the room. Once the cycle is complete, the operator is notified via audio and/or text message and can be moved to the next room.

"Tru-D has been validated by more than a dozen, independent, third-party studies to show that it is capable of reducing the spread of infectious diseases," said Chuck Dunn, CEO and President of Tru-D SmartUVC. "Due to Tru-D's Sensor360 technology, it was the only device chosen for the first-ever randomized clinical trial on UV disinfection, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio and conducted by Duke Health."

ru-D SmartUVC is the only UV disinfection device backed by a CDC-funded, randomized clinical trial. Using Sensor360 technology, Tru-D compensates for room variables and delivers the precise, calculated dose of UVC needed for terminal room disinfection.

As a part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, Mission Hospital was founded in Mission Viejo in 1971 and has since grown to a two-campus facility with 552 beds and approximately 2,500 employees.

Mission Hospital, a ministry of St. Joseph Health, has been serving the greater needs of the community for more than 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is an acute care, full-service facility providing advanced health care services and diagnostic care to south Orange County and is the only designated trauma center in South Orange County.