Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s (JRMC) purpose is to be the difference for their patients, providers, and employees. They strive to be the best rural hospital in America.

JRMC moved themselves closer to that title when they welcomed R.O.S.I.E. to their team on May 17th.

R.O.S.I.E. the wonder-robot

R.O.S.I.E., which stands for Robot Offering Safe Ideal Environment, is a “germ-zapping robot” that “helps clean operating rooms and patient care areas”.

Her germ-zapping abilities are due to a Xenon filled light-bulb that “pulses environmentally friendly xenon ultraviolet light”. This “eliminates bacteria, viruses and protozoa and eradicates dangerous microorganisms such as drug-resistant super-bugs” which “reduces the risk of healthcare associated infections” and helps keep all hospital patients, guests and employees safe.

While R.O.S.I.E. is mainly used in operating rooms and patient care areas, the goal is to eventually expand her use to conference rooms and other areas of the hospital.

More than just a robot

R.O.S.I.E. is a specialized robot created by Xenex but to the Jamestown community and the staff at JRMC, she is more than just a robot.

“The community is excited to see her and what she can do” said Dane Grebel, Support Services Manager.

The JRMC staff feels the same way. “Coming to work here every day is a thrill” said Grebel.

R.O.S.I.E. is a teammate on the environmental services team. They view her presence as simply “onboarding a new member” said Ricki Ramlo, Chief Operating Officer. The environmental services team does the cleaning they can, and R.O.S.I.E. “comes in and finishes up the job” said Grebel.

Innovations at JRMC

R.O.S.I.E. is the newest technology at JRMC, but the hospital has excelled in excellence in other ways as well.

JRMC was the first hospital in North Dakota to have 3D mammography and is the only hospital in North Dakota to have hyperbaric oxygen therapy for wounds that won’t heal. The hospital is also purchasing a new piece of blood-bank equipment to ensure less human error.

Looking forward

JRMC will continue to provide innovative solutions that help patients get the best care possible.

The hospital wants to focus on their work with cancer and plans to put more money into radiology equipment. They also hope to find an oncologist to join the team.

They are looking to bridge the gap between patient and hospital by using electronic health records that allow patients to check their own health record at any time.

JRMC also wants to put money into equipment for both their labs and their surgical areas so that technicians and surgeons, and specialists have the tools they need to effectively complete their jobs.

Purpose to impact

JRMC’s main goal is to be the difference for others. Their dedication to continuous innovation has enabled them to impact many lives.

In 2017, JRMC reached their biggest year with donations through Giving Hearts Day. They raised $75,000 that they were able to put towards the $100,000 purchase of R.O.S.I.E.

The hospital wants to voice their gratitude towards the community members who donated on Giving Hearts Day and throughout the year. They also want to say thank you to the kids who participated in the naming of R.O.S.I.E. and the robot coloring contest. It is through the community’s help that JRMC is able to make a continued impact on others.

Learn more about JRMC.

Stay tuned for another nonprofit story next week, and remember to live with purpose!

Derek Hatzenbuhler

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