16th Annual “One Night, One Diamond” Event Will Raise Funds for Ultraviolet Disinfection Technology

Samaritan fundraiser slated for March 24th at The Commons on Fort Drum

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Photo courtesy of Samaritan Medical Center.

As hospitals across the country work to prevent hospital-acquired infections, they are tapping into the power of ultraviolet (UV) technology. At Samaritan Medical Center, where patient safety is at the top of the priority list, UV technology will be added to the hospital’s arsenal of infection prevention techniques.

“Our environmental services staff does an excellent job already and receives numerous compliments of the cleanliness of the hospital,” explains Sonia Keruskie, Director of Environmental Services at SMC. “But what makes the staff so great is that they are always looking for ways to make it even cleaner for our patients and protect them from hospital-acquired infections. We are very excited about bringing this new technology to SMC.”

This year, the “One Night, One Diamond” event will provide the hospital with the Optimum-UV equipment that uses ultraviolet radiation as extra infection prevention for disinfection and elimination of such microorganisms as C. difficile, MRSA, VRE and CRE. By placing the UV equipment in a room, it kills more than 30 hospital-acquired infection pathogens within five minutes. The short-wave ultraviolet energy kills microorganisms by disrupting their DNA and preventing them from multiplying or spreading.

“No patient should leave the hospital sicker than when they arrived,” explains Irene Carman, “One Night, One Diamond” Event Chair. “The Samaritan Auxiliary is pleased to play a part in the hospital’s extensive patient safety and infection prevention efforts, all thanks to the generous support of so many from the community and beyond.”

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The popular band “Atlas” will once again be performing at Samaritan Medical Center’s “One Night, One Diamond” fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Samaritan Medical Center.

Once again, The Commons on Fort Drum is the setting for “One Night, One Diamond,” an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and a chance to win an exquisite half-carat diamond donated by Cook’s Jewelers of Watertown.

Presenting sponsors for “One Night, One Diamond” are Pepsi of Watertown, Purcell Construction and United Healthcare Community Plan. Media sponsors are the Watertown Daily Times and 7News/Fox 28/MeTV North Country. Diamond sponsors include Bernier, Carr and Associates, Coca-Cola Company, FX Caprara Car Companies – The Caprara Family, Hancock Estabrook, KeyBank, Krafft Cleaning Services, North Country Orthopaedic Group, Renzi Foodservice, Slack Chemical Company and Watertown Sam’s Club. Additional support is received from numerous other sponsors at the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire levels.

“One Night, One Diamond” is being held on Saturday, March 24th from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at The Commons on Fort Drum. Tickets are $150 per couple, which includes dinner, dancing and an opportunity to win the real diamond. Live music will be provided by the popular band “Atlas.”

For more information or to purchase single tickets, please contact event chairperson Irene Carman at onod@shsny.com or visit the event website at www.samaritanhealth.com/onod. Responses with names of attendees and date of birth for entrance onto Fort Drum must be received by March 12, 2018.


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