Apologies for playing with the perfection of Bowie’s lyrics, but we’d like to show our gratitude to some of UHN’s unsung heroes … the amazing people in Environmental Services!
The people in Environmental Services are important to every staff person, patient and visitor at UHN. In a nutshell, they keep UHN cleaner, greener and safer for us all.
For the next few weeks, I’m going on a grand tour of Environmental Services Departments across UHN to show some well-deserved appreciation, along with treats and other fun stuff.
From Peter Pisters, UHN President, on International Housekeeping Week …
“…I’d like to say a big thank you to these unsung heroes of UHN. Our environmental services staff are an incredibly important part of our team and all too often go unrecognized. You can read Dr. Gardam’s thoughts on the importance of the role these individuals play in infection control at UHN here. This is such critical work that often goes unnoticed – our environmental services staff are helping us keep patients safe from infection. I had the opportunity to say thank you to Chris, Marina, Jenny, and Rita this morning. We talked about the important role they play in infection control and they all told me how much they enjoy making our patients happy. I know these are just a few of the many great environmental services staff and I truly appreciate the tireless work everyone on this team does across our sites. Any time you see a member of our environmental services team I encourage you to take a moment to thank them for their invaluable contribution to UHN.”
That thought captures it all.
This event is a joint effort by the Energy & Environment Department, Environmental Services Management and some of our longtime vendors: Daniel’s Sharpsmart, Kruger and Swish. Big thanks to UHN’s Public Affairs department for many great stories and images for 2016 International Housekeeping Week as well as our student, Ashwati Michael, for putting together the video and slides for the party.
The best way we can all appreciate Environmental Services (in addition to thanking them, of course) is to make sure we all recycle properly, take care of toxins and generally reduce our waste. No better way to get the A-Z on that than the Interhospital WRW Challenge. It’s still open till October 30th!
Some great links, (in case you missed it from UHN News):
THE KEY ROLE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES STAFF PLAY IN HOSPITAL PATIENT SAFETY
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH TORONTO WESTERN HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
‘I COME TO WORK FOR PATIENTS’: UHN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES STAFF MEMBER DISCUSSES ROLE IN PATIENT CARE
AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER: COUPLE WHO MET AT TORONTO WESTERN HOSPITAL RETIRING AFTER 38 YEARS