Violet Defense Technology Partners with Shepherd’s Hope to Bring Ultraviolet Technology to their Health Centers

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Violet Defense Technology, an Orlando-based startup that incorporates the proven germ-killing power of UV light into its patented technology, is partnering with Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization that provides medical services to uninsured and underinsured people throughout Central Florida, to bring hospital-grade cleaning to their clinic environment.  Shepherd’s Hope has helped provide free medical visits to over 256,000 people since it opened in 1997. 

Violet Defense is donating $15,000 worth of its products from its Surface & Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) UV line to the Shepherd’s Hope Longwood clinic as part of its initial donation of an ongoing commitment.  Violet Defense will be installing whole room units to disinfect the clinic’s waiting room.

The S.A.G.E. units will automatically disinfect the waiting area each night, including the children’s play area to ensure each morning patients have access to clean, healthy space while they wait for care.  Shepherd’s Hope also has access to S.A.G.E. UV Mini – a mobile version that can be brought into exam rooms to help kill harmful bacteria and viruses that may be present. 

S.A.G.E. UV units have been proven to effectively kill up to 99.9 percent of the most common germs, including MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus, from as far as three meters away. By combining UV-C, UV-B, UV-A and violet blue light, S.A.G.E. UV optimizes the amount of the germ-killing energy delivered through the air and onto surrounding contact surfaces. This causes inactivation of microbes and inhibits reproduction, effectively preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. 

The S.A.G.E. UV units are a cost-effective way to bring this proven technology to those that need it.  “Not only are we excited to be able to partner with an organization with such an incredible mission, this is exactly why we started this business – to provide solutions for clinical-level cleaning in spaces that might not otherwise have access to them,” said Mark Nathan, CEO of Violet Defense. 

“We are extremely grateful to Violet Defense for bringing this technology to our clinics,” said Marni Stahlman, President of Shepherd’s Hope.  “Not only will this technology help us keep our patients that much safer, it also helps protect the amazing volunteers and staff that provide such incredible care to those we serve,” added Stahlman.   

About Violet Defense Technology:
Founded in 2012, Violet Defense Technology is on a journey to find new ways to protect people from harmful germs that have grown resistant to traditional forms of cleaning and disinfecting. Its patented approach uses the proven power of germ-killing light, including UV and violet blue light, to fight the war against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and bacterial spores. Its patented technology miniaturizes the deployment of germ-killing light to integrate into almost any product or environment.  For more information on Violet Defense Technology and the S.A.G.E. UV anti-microbial line, visit www.violetdefense.com.

About Shepherd’s Hope:
Shepherd’s Hope is the leading voice for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Florida. Founded in 1997, the faith-based nonprofit organization provides free primary care and specialty care medical services to uninsured men, women and children from five free standing health centers in Orange and Seminole counties. In 2017, Shepherd’s Hope provided 18,000 free patient visits and medical services thanks to partnerships with 2,600 licensed medical and general volunteers, 3 community hospital systems, 100 diagnostic/secondary providers and 23 multi-faith partners. To learn more, visit www.shepherdshope.org or call (407) 876-6699, ext.228

Media Contact for Violet Defense:
Jessica Jones, Vice President of Marketing
Violet Defense
407.433.1104, x1002
jjones@violetdefense.com

Media Contact for Shepherd’s Hope:
Jennifer Helriggle, VP of Philanthropy
Shepherd’s Hope, Inc.
407.876.6699, x228
Jennifer.Helriggle@ShepherdsHope.org

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