CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, August 26, 2014

The CNO of a Florida health system calls the organization's switch to new uniforms for 6,000 employees 'change management at its finest.'

Change can be tough for anyone, whether it's starting a new job or moving to a new city. But a $1 million, industry-first change that involves more than 6,000 employees requires exceptional leadership. That's where Diane Raines, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and CNO for Jacksonville, Florida-based Baptist Health comes in.

Raines, along with Baptist Health COO John Wilbanks, FACHE, was the executive champion for an initiative to adopt new work garments made from antimicrobial, fluid-repelling, moisture-wicking fabric. Baptist Health was the first health system to widely adopt the Vestex uniforms from Vestagen Technical Textiles.


>>>Slideshow: Vestex at Baptist Health in Jacksonville

But the adoption of the new uniforms didn't happen overnight; and it also didn't happen without a lot of staff help and input.

"This has been three years in the making," Raines says. The process started with physicians and nurse epidemiologists watching and waiting for a couple of years as data started to show that the fabric was able to do things like reduce MRSA on apparel.

"From a medical standpoint, you want to make sure if you're going to make a change like this there is evidence behind it," Raines says. "We really looked at this not as uniforms but as technology that could help protect our staff and patients."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.


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