Thomas Hospital Eliminates Deadly Superbugs with Xenex Room Disinfection System

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Thomas Memorial Hospital today announced it is the first hospital in West Virginia to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system in its operating rooms. The Xenex system is the fastest, safest and most effective method for the advanced cleaning of operating rooms in the world today, scientifically proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections.

The Xenex PX-UV disinfection system uses pulsed xenon technology to deliver high-intensity, broad spectrum ultraviolet light to quickly kill microorganisms on surfaces and in the air without contact or chemicals. The UV penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms, essentially fusing their DNA, leading to instant damage, the inability to reproduce or mutate, and killing the organism. “This is very exciting for Thomas to have this type of equipment. This new technology will provide the safest area for our patients and save lives,” said Steve Dexter, president and CEO of Thomas Health System.

The Xenex system has been proven effective on a variety of the most dangerous “superbugs” in several independent labs in the U.S. and internationally. In hospital trials, Xenex has consistently shown to be more than 20 times more effective than standard cleaning practices.

“The Foundation is so pleased to be able to help bring this high tech equipment to Thomas and to be the first in the state with this amazing infection control technology,” stated Owen Higgins, board member of The Foundation for the Thomas Memorial and Saint Francis Hospitals.

“Innovative hospitals like Thomas Memorial Hospital are investing in Xenex disinfection technology to make their patients safer,” said Brian Cruver, CEO of Xenex Healthcare. “Traditional chemical cleaning methods are proven to be inadequate, which results in a significant increase in the infection risk. Much like the first automobile makers to install airbags because seatbelts were just not enough, Thomas Memorial Hospital is taking patient protection to the next level while leading the healthcare industry toward a new and better standard of cleanliness and care.”

Thomas hosted a live demonstration of the Xenex disinfection system in an Operating Room in its Clinical Pavilion on Friday, January 14th. Dr. David Soulsby; Kevin Jividen, RN/MBA, Director of Surgical Services at Thomas; Sarah McClanahan, RN/MSN, Infection Control Coordinator at Thomas; Mark Stibich, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex Healthcare; and Owen Higgins, Board Member of The Foundation for the Thomas Memorial and Saint Francis Hospitals, participated.


Xenex develops pulsed xenon UV disinfection systems for the advanced cleaning of the patient environment in healthcare facilities. The new Xenex system is the fastest, safest, most portable and easy to use system available today among room disinfection technologies. The Xenex mission is to significantly reduce the number of HAIs that impact the health and lives of millions of patients and their families and become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare facilities worldwide. For more information please visit


Thomas Memorial Hospital is a 261-bed, not-for-profit hospital, located in South Charleston, West Virginia. The mission of Thomas Memorial Hospital is to be the first choice for those in need of health care by providing the highest quality of service through a team of valued, caring and highly skilled employees and physicians in a “state of the art” facility. Thomas Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of innovative services including the Joint Connection Unit, Thomas Cancer Center, Sweet Dreams Maternity Services, Computer-Aided Digital Mammography, Sleep Diagnostic Center, Pediatric Care, CareCenter24, Outpatient Services, Home Health, Physical Therapy and more.


Thomas Health System
Paige Johnson, 304-766-3707
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Xenex Healthcare Services
Melinda Hart, 210-824-3433
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