Valdosta Daily Times

April 17, 2014

SGMC earns VISTA Award

Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — South Georgia Medical Center was awarded Wednesday with an American Society for Healthcare Engineering Vista Award.

These awards are given to organizations that work together to develop and maintain safe and high-quality health-care environments.

Randy Sauls, SGMC’s chief executive officer, Mo Mosher, assistant administrator of engineering/facilities, Bill Forbes, owner’s representative, and Mark Hope, project manager, each addressed the room discussing how well everyone worked

together to earn this achievement in infrastructure.

The Vista award is given to organizations that have modified or replaced major portions of a facility’s utility generation, distribution or control systems.

“It is an amazing recognition to get this,” said Mosher.

Specifically, SGMC received this award for its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning upgrade. Touchscreens in the operating room allow for room temperatures to be adjusted from 70 degrees, the optimal temperature for anesthesiologists to assess patients pre- and post-surgery, and 62 degrees, optimal for the start of surgery, in no more than 15 minutes while also maintaining a relative humidity of less than 50 percent.

An unoccupied mode resets the temperature and humidity levels when the operating rooms are not in use.

This complex project required many hours of work in the middle of the night along with a challenging few months of construction, all while hospital operations continued as normal. Teams worked with SGMC infection prevention and environmental services to maintain a sterile environment during construction. The project took 15 months of pre-planning and five months of construction.