Environmental Services Week 2020: Your Stories
To celebrate Environmental Services Week, we asked EVS leaders to share stories about their departments and offer their praise. Here are the good vibes we received.
“It is difficult to pinpoint a single story that would encompass the greatness of our Environmental Service staff here at Louisville, KY. There are too many to choose only one!
This year has proved to be exceptionally challenging. It is truly remarkable that we have stayed the course and continue to provide safe and clean environments for our patients and fellow staff. This wouldn’t be possible without the staff’s commitment to patient care. We have several employees that have expressed no fear in dealing with unknowns during the current pandemic. Team members continue to rise up to unique challenges daily that ensure a timely room turnover and continuance of patient care.
The same could be said every year, but this year’s celebration will only scratch the surface of praise that our team deserves for a job well done. All of our staff have individual situations that would make for a great story, but it is the collaborative hard work of everyone that separates our team from the rest.”
Department Support Assistant
UofL Hospital — Jewish Campus
“Working at NMC Job Options, Inc., I decided to tell you the one story that could never be forgotten. No matter their struggles with work or at home, [our employees] have all learned to speak freely and clearly and shy away from negativity. They have grown into one Strong Team, One JOI Family and with the support of the US Military. They engage in professional conversations and they engage the Military by staying United, as our Americas always have. Despite their disabilities, they use their disabilities to teach others how to improve our site in overall cleanliness and proper disinfecting daily, nightly and periodically. [I have passed up] so many other opportunities for the love of our JOI Team and their spirits. This is their home, our home and it is Clean!!!”
Richard Wilkerson, C.H.E.S.T.
E.V.S. Quality Assurance Manager
E.V.S. Assistant Project Manager
Job Options, Inc.
“It is with great honor and pleasure that I continue to lead this group of 160 Housekeeping Attendants that with daily fear, concern, worries, doubtfulness, and stress they continued to all come to work on a daily basis to provide the best service possible to all our members and hospital staff. They were asked to do a million things every day with constant changes whether in policies or processes, and yet they continued to keep all of us safe every day. They had their own personal lives or families to worry about daily, but yet they continued to help Kaiser Permanente thrive through these challenging times. They are my unsung heroes hiding in the dark, but always willing and able to take on all challenges or pandemics. They come to work with a smile and leave with a smile, as they know that today they helped save a life of someone at KWLA. They are truly the KWLA Environmental Superheroes.”
Fabricio N. Martinez, T‑CHEST
Director of Environmental Services
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
“Our department has had its share of challenges with employees being quarantined and trying to keep up with everything changing from day-to-day. We and our staff were scared. The FEAR of the UNKNOWN is unsettling. Having to trust upper management that everything they are telling us to do was right was a leap of faith. I would tell them in our morning Huddle all we have to do is PRAY, have FAITH, TRUST, and BELIEVE in GOD. That he will guide and protect us through this. We have been pushed to our limits from working long hours, being tired, stressed to the point where at times seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But, our staff have come together to the point where they are no longer afraid of COVID.”
Dennis Moore (Director), Pamela Erwin (Supervisor)
Environmental Services Department