Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Saluting Environmental Services

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Saluting Environmental Services

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Serving on the front lines of hospital infection prevention and patient satisfaction, environmental services (ES) professionals often can be the difference between success or failure in these two crucial areas.

What's more, the ES department's essential role in room turnover and patient transport underscores its importance to the overall flow of patients throughout the modern health care facility. This, of course, is not to mention important areas like sustainability and waste management, where ES professionals also hold sway.

These often-overlooked, yet essential, duties of the ES department are why Health Facilities Management dedicates space in its September issue each year to celebrate the ES Department of the Year winners, one of several awards offered by the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) to recognize and promote excellence in the ES field. These awards include:

* Environmental Services Department of the Year Award. Sponsored by SCA, this award provides national recognition for the significant contributions made by an ES department to the overall patient experience and achieving a health care organization's mission. …

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