Keeping It Clean At Gerber Memorial- The Video
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial this week recognizes the contributions its environmental services team makes toward keeping patients safe and comfortable. As part of National Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week Sept 11 to Sept. 17, Gerber Memorial also posted a new video showing how efficiently its team of environmental service techs can totally turn around a used hospital room so it is safe, clean and infection-free for the next patient. The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2coxSmx.
“Hospital environmental service workers are truly the unsung heroes of healthcare and Gerber Memorial is honored we can take...
...time this week to recognize the tremendous contributions our staff make toward patient safety,” said David Rosel, manager of Environmental Services and Materials Management. “At a time when hospitals and healthcare professionals must deal with...new infections and diseases, a team of good environmental service techs can keep patients and their families safe and comfortable. Gerber Memorial’s environmental service techs are on the frontlines of patient safety and peace of mind, and we’re proud to say they’re among the best at what they do.”
The video shows Brenda Hren, Katherine Arens and Brianna Snow cleaning, disinfecting and tidying the room on the third floor of Gerber Memorial’s intensive care unit ahead of the next incoming patient. The video shows how a good team can work seamlessly, their movements seemingly choreographed. Hren, Arens and Snow are supervised by David Dean, supervisor of environmental services.
“Many of us have worked together for so many years that we know what the other members of the team are going to do before they even do it,” said Hren, who has worked at Gerber Memorial for five years – four of those on a team with Arens. “As environment service techs, we know we must keep our rooms and facilities as clean as possible for our patients. We enjoy what we do and we’re proud we can do our part to help keep the patients we serve as safe and comfortable as possible.”
Gerber Memorial’s environmental services department employs 31 people, who clean every room at Gerber Memorial every day.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities as well as hotels and related businesses across the nation commemorate National Environmental Services and Housekeeping to shine a spotlight on the work housekeepers do every day. In healthcare settings, environmental services and housekeeping crews are central to preventing infections, disease outbreaks and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”