Every company has a story. Ours is rooted in pioneering a difference.
What’s in a name? The company is named for Hygeia, the classical Greek Goddess of Health, who was said to have regenerative powers. A touch from her hand restored vigor and youthful appearance and her mere presence reanimated the surrounding environment. Hygia Health Services produces similarly dramatic benefits with respect to targeted medical devices.
Before we became the first company in the country to reprocess single-use medical devices over ten years ago, we worked for many years with hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the medical device industry. Knowing the need for hospitals and clinics to reduce their expenses, we became highly motivated to assist them in cutting their costs without jeopardizing patient safety.
Working closely with the FDA, we pioneered stringent protocols for safely reprocessing medical products that were labeled by OEMs as single-use devices (SUDs). Our focus remains on non-critical and semi-critical devices which are supplies both caregivers and administrators are comfortable with reprocessing.
In reprocessing SUDs, our eye is on patient safety as we significantly cut hospital expenditures and save hundreds of tons of waste from going into landfills every year. We take pride in working with our customers toward defined, calculated savings, whether they reprocess or not.
That is why today, we not only reprocess SUDs, but we also buy them and sell them. We have programs for customers to replenish their supply with our inventory of SUDs that we have reprocessed, disinfected, tested for functionality, packaged, and appropriately labeled. We pick up devices healthcare facilities would otherwise throw away.
The Hygia leadership team is a high-caliber, hard working, and dynamic group of dedicated people:
Dr. James Farmer, III – Infection Control Director
Dr. Farmer served as Chief, Enteric Reference Laboratory, Nosocomial Infection Section, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ret 09/2000). A recipient of the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal from the US Public Health Service, Dr. Farmer holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and currently serves as an Editorial Board Member, Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Dr. John O. Mason, III – Medical Director
Dr. Mason is a practicing surgeon and also serves as Director of Infection Control at the Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham
John Fred Wood, Jr. – Legal Director
Mr. Wood is a senior partner in the Birmingham law firm of Dominick, Fletcher, Yielding, Wood, and Lloyd and has thirty years of experience representing the Risk Management and Compliance interests of healthcare institutions
Tracy Comas – Quality Director
Mrs. Comas provides ten years of quality initiative experience and directly manages compliance with all FDA and CDC guidelines and practices