Sep 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

Congratulations to the Environmental Services team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for receiving a Certificate of Merit in the Environmental Services Department of the Year awards, conducted by the Association for the Healthcare Environment.

“I would like my staff to be acknowledged for all the hard work they do for our patients by keeping their environment healthy, clean, and safe on a daily basis,” says Environmental Services manager Linda Rogers. “They take great pride in what they do to be the top 1% in the nation for patient satisfaction.”

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the Environmental Services team is at work throughout the hospital and clinics. Maintaining the wood paneling, etched glass, and marble floors in the hospital requires special cleaning techniques. Thanks to the Environmental Services crew, they look as good now as when they were installed.

People being treated for cancer have weakened immune systems, so Environmental Services plays a vital role in patient health and safety by keeping rooms sanitized and disinfected. As Ben Tanner, director of clinical operations at HCI, puts it, “These employees do not just clean rooms, they clean rooms that save people’s lives.”

As anyone who has stayed at HCI’s cancer hospital knows, the Environmental Services staff members make sure to give patients and their families personal attention. They introduce themselves upon entering the room. They let patients know what they are doing and how long it will take. They even make sure patients know how to operate the bed controls, the nurse call button, and the TV. The Environmental Services workers, like everyone else at HCI, do all they can to help make a hospital stay or a clinic visit more comfortable and comforting.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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