LightStrike robots at The Westin Houston Medical Center quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi via intense pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
After rooms are manually cleaned at The Westin Houston Medical Center, LightStrike robots disinfect any remaining bacteria and viruses. (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
Guests are greeted at the reception of The Westin Houston Medical Center, where hotel employees are taking every precaution possible to make guests feel safe during COVID-19. (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
Houston contemporary artist Angela Fabbri's commissioned wall piece, "Bloom Big," is one of the calling cards of The Westin Houston Medical Center (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
The lobby at The Westin Houston Medical Center Pearl Hospitality boasts artworks by Houston talents. (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
For years, LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robts have sanitized hundreds of healthcare facilities. The company works with Pearl Hospitality to provide that same level of cleanliness to guests at The Westin Houston Medical Center. (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
Beautiful sunset view on terrace of The Westin Houston Medical Center, overlooking the treetops of Rice University and the core of the Medical Center (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
Terrace 54 Bar and Table with outdoor seating at The Westin Houston Medical Center (Photo by The Westin Houston Medical Center)
Businesses across the country are striving to keep their customers safe from COVID-19 by increasing methods of sanitization — but one Houston hotel in particular is going above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of its guests.
Appreciative of health care workers’ selfless contributions, the hotel also offers special rates for medical professionals, caretakers and patients of the Texas Medical Center.
But its high-tech safety initiative in the face of the coronavirus is what’s grabbing national attention. The Westin’s robots have been written about in The New York Times and featured on the morning shows.
Introducing LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots
LightStrike robots do not replace any hotel employees. Before the robot disinfects a room, housekeeping sweeps the room of all visible dust, removes linens and empties trash cans.
Operated by the Westin staff, the cutting-edge robotic technology uses germicidal UV light to sanitize rooms by destroying any leftover microscopic bacteria and viruses missed by manual cleaning services.
Supplied by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, the robots were first implemented by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Two epidemiologists in Houston developed the robot to eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi. LightStrike robots also sterilize hundreds of health facilities in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“We are taking significant proactive measures, along with following CDC guidelines, to minimize risk while also keeping day-to-day business momentum,” Archit Sanghvi, vice president of operations for Pearl Hospitality (the hotel’s owner and operator), noted in a release. “Wellness is at the core of our business, and with the LightStrike technology, we saw a distinct and innovative opportunity to create a well-prepared environment for travelers within our hotel.”
In addition to implementing LightStrike robots, the hotel continues to strengthen cleaning standards and enforce social-distancing standards based on CDC, Harris County Health and Safety Policy and Marriott International requirements.
The Westin Hotel Medical Center prioritizes top-tier cleaning services, but it encourages guests to think healthy in other ways, too. During their stay, hotel visitors can enjoy immune-boosting food and beverages. A special menu offers energizing drinks loaded with vitamins and pro- and prebiotics.
It’s not as attention grabbing as a robot cleaning army, but every bit helps.