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Geisinger earns Environmental Services Certificate of Merit

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
Nov. 5, 2012

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Health System was recently selected by Health Forum’s Health Facilities Management magazine and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) as the winner of the 2012 Environmental Services Department of the Year Certificate of Merit. The award was presented at the AHE national conference in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 16-19.

“This award is affirmation that Geisinger offers one of the safest, cleanest and most welcoming patient environments in the country,” said Tamara D. Almquist, senior director, environmental and surgical cleaning services, Geisinger Health System. “It is an honor to accept this award and we will continue to improve the environment at all Geisinger facilities in hopes of being named the Environmental Services Department of the Year in 2013.”

The sixth annual award, sponsored by Cintas Corp., recognizes the outstanding achievements of leading-edge hospital environmental services and housekeeping teams in maintaining the highest levels of performance in 14 critical areas, including:

  • Major department accomplishments
  • Education and training
  • Productivity
  • Technology
  • Waste-reduction efforts
  • Patient safety
  • Senior leadership engagement with environmental services activities
  • Patient satisfactions metrics
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Environmental services staffing models

Geisinger Health System EVS Departments received this national recognition, the Certificate of Merit, joining St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee, MN; Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, OH; was named an award finalist and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI; was named the Environmental Services Department of the Year.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook.

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