SALIDA, Colo.-Fifteen environmental services (EVS) employees at Heart of the Rockies
Regional Medical Center recently became Certified Healthcare Environmental
Services Technicians (CHEST). The CHEST program sets national standards
specifically for EVS technicians working in healthcare.
The Association for Healthcare Environment recently launched this new certification
program, which is backed by the American Hospital Association. The CHEST
program was established using focus groups and a comprehensive nationwide
job analysis of a healthcare EVS technician's responsibilities. It
covers all aspects of a frontline worker's typical tasks and accountabilities.
CHEST training workshops are comprised of 24 hours of required classroom
instruction. Environmental services technicians must then pass a written
exam to earn the CHEST designation.
"I believe we are one of the first hospitals in the nation to make
this certification mandatory for all team members," said EVS Team
Leader John Dickson. "This is a great program and everyone has learned
a lot more about disinfection, waste handling, floor care, linen handling,
infection prevention, safety and communication in the healthcare environment.
I am very proud of all our EVS team members for taking the CHEST course
and passing the test. They put a lot of time an effort into this."
Through proper care and maintenance of the healthcare environment, EVS
technicians play an essential role in patients' experience of care,
as well as ensuring patient safety and satisfaction. This program has
the potential to make a positive impact on infection rates, costs, quality
of care, patient experience and outcomes.
Seated (L to R): Robert Weisbrod, Matthew Graham, Pat Jenkins, Lori Kramer,
Standing (L to R): Dorothy Archuleta, Ashley Willhite, Ron Bobo, Mark
Risinger, Facilities Manager Dan Christianson, Team Leader John Dickson,
Michelle Leach and Teddie Sterle.
Missing from photo: Rodney Ommen, Rosemary Renslow, Nathan Snider, Michael McCurdy.