EVS teams: The unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic
In addition to the nurses, doctors and other health care professionals who are on the frontlines of caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Environmental Services teams are going the extra mile to ensure health care facilities are as clean as possible.
“Some people might think of Environmental Services as janitors,” said Gabe Ceperich, director, Environmental Services at Memorial Health System. “But we’re so much more than that. We’re on the front lines of protecting our patients, our colleagues and our community from illnesses like COVID-19 here in the healthcare setting.”
Hospital such as Memorial Health System are adhering to stringent cleaning and hand hygiene protocols as well as adding another layer of protection with the use of UVC technology.
“It’s basically a big ultraviolet light bulb on wheels,” Ceperich said of MMC’s Tru-D device, which has been in use for more than 10 years. “It will not shut off until it’s eradicated all pathogens in that room.”
In 2018, the EVS team at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield was named the top Environmental Services department in 500-plus-bed hospitals nationwide by the Association for the Health Care Environment of the American Hospital Association. That honor recognized their high performance, rigorous training and commitment to environmental sustainability.
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