St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Department of Environmental Services has received for the first time the 2022 Environmental Services Department of the Year Award from the Association for the Health Care Environment of the American Hospital Association.
The award recognizes significant contributions made by an environmental services department to the overall patient experience; achieving a health care organization’s mission; and maintaining high levels of performance in cleaning, disinfecting, preventing infection and other categories.
The St. Jude Department of Environmental Services also received a 2022 Certificate of Merit for the under 249-bed medical facility division.
Curt Vargo, director of the Department of Environmental Services at St. Jude, said the recognition highlights the team’s dedication to provide a clean, safe environment for St. Jude patients, who have vulnerable immune systems making them susceptible to infection, particularly to COVID-19.
“A major piece of it was the teamwork and the need to come together to make sure everyone was safe because of COVID. We not only met standards, but we also found ways to improve on some things we were doing before,” Vargo said. “This is a big ‘thank you’ for the dedication of our staff.”
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