Hoag Orthopedic Institute turns 3, renames germ-killing robot
Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Hoag Orthopedic Institute rolled out the red carpet on Friday to celebrate its third anniversary and to rechristen a new member of the family.

A 3-foot-tall robot known as Sadie – which sanitizes hospital operating rooms by killing nearly all harmful bacteria in five fatal minutes – will now be known as Xena, after the warrior princess.

The $120,000 robot emits a germicidal ultraviolent light from a xenon bulb. Employees submitted more than 20 name suggestions to welcome Xena into the fold.

Xena’s new moniker was revealed Friday at the anniversary celebration to honor employees for their work caring for orthopedic patients that require inpatient and outpatient surgical care.

The institute reported an infection rate of 0.42 percent and a readmission rate of 4.1 percent, while California’s readmission rate was 19.1 percent, according to the institute’s fiscal year 2012 report.

The 70-bed main campus in Irvine includes nine operating rooms and a full service care hospital that also takes emergency cases from the emergency department at Hoag Hospital. The other two campuses are the Orthopedic Surgery Center of Orange County in Newport Beach and Main Street Specialty Surgery Center in Orange.

In the years ahead, the institute will also work on research and education on orthopedic techniques and strategies, said Dereesa Reid, CEO of the institute.

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