Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital ICU earns Certified Zero Award

Unit prevents hospital-acquired infections

Orlando, FL (January 11, 2023) Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital Intensive Care Unit has received its first corporate Certified Zero Award, which recognizes teams that provide quality healthcare and prevent patient harm events in five areas.   

For 12 months, none of the Orlando Health St. Cloud patients in the eight-bed ICU acquired a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) or a clostridium difficile infection (CDIFF).

The elimination of those infections reduces patient harm, improves their recovery and enables a return to normal life after discharge.

“This is an amazing milestone for the Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital team, for this community and our patients,” said Brian Wetzel, president of Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital. “For greater than 365 days, this team has not allowed a patient in our ICU — our sickest patients — to acquire an infection. That is not only a remarkable performance, but also a clear demonstration of the focus this team has on providing world-class healthcare to our St. Cloud community.”

In addition to the ICU, the Orlando Health St. Cloud Medical Unit and Orlando Health St. Cloud Surgical Unit will be recognized for their first Certified Zero Award in February.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States. 

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows. 

The 3,238-bed system includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians. 

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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