Sierra Vista Hand Washing Video Finalist in 3M Contest 
Shannon Downing 
Monday, 27 September 2010 

San Luis Obispo (September 27, 2010) – 3M today announced that Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, is a finalist in the company’s “Innovation Award” Contest.  Starting today, through October 8, the community is invited to visit and vote for Sierra Vista or any of the 13 other finalists.    Each site visitor may vote for one contest entry once per day.

Sierra Vista submitted their recently filmed hospital music video “I’m Gonna Wash My Hands” as their innovative infection prevention practice. The video features employees washing their hands to the tune of the popular Beatles song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The adapted song is performed by the Bluz Dogz, a local band featuring Dr. Harold Segal and Sierra Vista nurses Linda Martin and Bud McCabe. The lyrics encourage people to wash their hands to help stop the spread of infection.

The winning program will be determined by the one that receives the most votes. The creators of the winning program will receive a $5,000 educational grant from 3M to continue their innovative initiative.  They will also receive an expense-paid trip to 3M to meet with the Infection Prevention Division, take a tour of 3M’s renowned Innovation Center and participate in educational opportunities with 3M’s Infection Prevention experts.  Five runners-up will each receive a $1,000 educational grant. The winning video and runners up will be announced on Monday, October 18, 2010 at the start of International Infection Prevention Week.  

How to Vote

To vote for your favorite program, visit, check out the entries in the “View Entries” tab, and select the program you’d like to vote for.  Click the ‘Vote Now’ button on the right hand side of the screen, fill in your name, email address and company in the appropriate spaces and select ‘Submit Vote.’  If you would like to share your favorite program with others and encourage them to vote, click ‘Share Now.’ 


3M Infection Prevention Division is truly on a mission to help reduce healthcare-associated infections through its infection prevention solutions.  With its system of people, products and processes, 3M remains a trusted partner committed to helping hospitals reduce the risk of infections, improve patient outcomes, and control their bottom lines.   Learn more at


Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is a 164-bed, acute-care provider of tertiary services that has been serving the Central Coast of California for the past 50 years.

Since that time the hospital has grown into a leading provider of high-level medical services in San Luis Obispo County.  Sierra Vista has added many advanced services as the community has grown and today houses the County’s only neurosurgery program, high risk pregnancy program, has the County’s only dedicated Pediatric Unit as well as the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit between Santa Barbara and Salinas. The Birth Center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive range of obstetric and infant services. The center includes labor-delivery-recovery (LDR) suites and a community-level newborn nursery. Sierra Vista also offers comprehensive, patient-centered, family-oriented care for patients with cardiac disease, neurological disorders, orthopedic surgeries, spinal cord and brain injuries, stroke and arthritis.

Through its affiliation with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Sierra Vista has been selected “The Choice of Cal Poly Athletics.” The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. Learn more at

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