Clean Hands: Promoting Healthy Habits to Students in Cy-Fair ISD 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Friday, 08 August 2008 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and CIGNA Donate Funds to Cy-Fair ISD for Purchase of Hand Sanitizing Stations

When students head back to start the new school year in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District this month, their health will be an important focal point. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, CIGNA and Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District are taking steps to help create a healthier environment for students in northwest Houston schools by promoting hand cleanliness. The hospital and CIGNA recently donated funds to the school district for the purchase of hand sanitizing stations to be located in more than seventy elementary, middle, junior high and high schools.  

“Hands could be home to thousands of bacteria and viruses that can cause infections such as strep throat or the flu,” says Cheryl Briggs, RN, infection control nurse at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We believe that preventing the spread of infections begins with good hygiene. By helping students practice simple habits, such as hand washing and utilizing hand sanitizers, they can protect their health and fight the spread of infection.”

The stations will be setup throughout major hallways and cafeterias in every Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school campus. The stations are filled with instant hand sanitizing gel that is automatically dispensed. Students simply hold their hands underneath the dispenser and the station dispenses the right amount of gel needed for hand sanitizing.

“Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick,” explains Dr. James Nadler, market medical executive for CIGNA HealthCare in Houston. “When soap and water are unavailable, students will now have ready access to an alcohol-based sanitizer.”

Other ways to prevent the spread of infection include covering the mouth and nose when during a sneeze or cough, caring for minor scrapes and cuts by cleaning and dressing the wounds, and avoiding close contact with others when sick. “When students practice good hygiene, they are healthier,” says Kelli Durham, Assistant Superintendent for Communication in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. “Attention to hand washing is also a way students can demonstrate their respect for the health of those around them.”

For more information on healthy habits and about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit or call 1-800-681-2733.