Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE)
The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) is a Professional Membership Group of the American Hospital Association. AHE is the organization of choice for professionals responsible for establishing and maintaining health care environments that are free of surface contamination and that support safety, service, and efficient and effective operations. AHE is the go-to resource for best-in-class tools, products, education and training that raise the standard of the health care environmental services field and shape the future workforce for over 2,300 professionals committed to pathogen free, healing environments across all care settings.
- Business Type:
- Professional association
- Industry Type:
- Medical / Health Care
- Market Focus:
- Nationally (across the country)
- Year Founded:
- more than $1,000,000,000 US
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To advance members' ability to establish and maintain care environments that are free of environmental surface contamination and that support safety, service, and efficient and effective operations.
Evidenced by an earned reputation as a courageous, influential, and trusted authority committed to innovation, excellence, and awareness of the essential role of environmental services (EVS) in improving health care outcomes
Evidenced by honesty in words and actions and dedication to effective stewardship characterized by value focused decisions made in an accountable and transparent culture
As evidenced by a commitment to sound, knowledge based evolving science and professional practice
Evidenced by an engaged fellowship of peers taking pride in the diversity of experience and the inclusion of multiple perspectives in advancing their profession
AHE Strategic Imperatives
- Provide Expertise : Develop and curate information and insight needed to be viewed as the expert in initiatives related to standards, education, and advocacy for health care environmental services.
- Engage in Collaboration : Enhance and maintain relationships with partner organizations to cooperatively develop solutions to critical issues confronting health care provider organizations.
- Develop Resources : Focus on our body of knowledge as our primary asset and make it available to every health care environment service professional regardless of their place of practice.
- Deliver Value : Deliver unmatched value for membership, greater than investment of time and money. Members experience a personal and professional connection to a fellowship of thought leaders demonstrating AHE values of leadership, integrity, innovation and community; leading to increased member confidence to articulate their value, the value of their teams and of AHE toward achievement of their organizations' mission and vision.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association is the professional organization of choice for directors and managers caring for the patient and resident care environment across all care settings, including hospitals, long term care, continuing care retirement communities and ambulatory care. AHE represents, defines, and advances the professionals responsible for care of the patient environment to ensure quality patient outcomes and healthy communities.
AHE continuously scans the health care environment to remain relevant and timely and to deliver unprecedented value to its members. By providing the education, tools and resources, members are the “tip of the sword” in service their organizations. AHE members serve with integrity, quality and innovation.
As part of its strategy, AHE identified 3 major stakeholder groups: AHE has given 'voice' to its stakeholders and everything we do is in response to theor 'voice'
Members “Support my professional development - and that of my staff - and promote our knowledge and skill”
Healthcare Facilities “Help us provide our patients, residents, staff, providers, visitors, and volunteers with clean and sustainable environments in an efficient way”
Suppliers “Help us understand the needs of our customers and provide access to decision-makers”
The main areas of focus in response to stakeholders are Prevention, Education, Standards and Management. To that end, AHE's service deliverables center on a clear strategic roadmap to:
Shape Professional Practice
Develop and Promote the Profession
Foster Connections and Alliances
AHE Shapes Professional Practice by advocating professional best practices in the field through peer developed practice guidance, the development of cognitive and behavioral competencies for staff in the areas of healthcare environmental sanitation and infection prevention; and promoting the Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP). Whether it’s presenting information and opportunities through the website and E-news communications or providing members the opportunity to receive scholarships to earn the CHESP credential, being an AHE member grants elite access and privileges for professionals caring for the healthcare environment not found elsewhere.
AHE also Develops and Promotes the Profession by fostering the growth and development of the next generation, identifies and supports viable career paths, provides cutting edge professional development opportunities based on best and evolving practices in addition to promoting the significance of the profession in the eyes of clinicians and health care executives. AHE recommended practice, online education, advanced and in depth case studies as well as providing members with the tools needed to do the job on a daily basis is pushes AHE forward as a premier resource. AHE is an evidence based and data driven organization and encourages members to present valid, accurate and solid facts to their executive team when negotiating on behalf of their departments.
Fostering Connections and Alliances is the final piece of the AHE “strategic roadmap”. By enabling networking and info-sharing across the field and providing multiple access points throughout the healthcare environment, AHE is a sought after and valued partner by companies providing services and goods to healthcare organizations. Relationships and synergies between AHE and industry have increased dramatically through collaborative efforts with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, affiliates and other associations. AHE current and future relationships with industry media outlets, advocacy groups, and corporate sponsors continue to feed AHE’ thriving business development and positive shaping of the profession.
Who is AHE?
The only organization dedicated to healthcare environmental sanitation across multiple care settings:
- Apprx. 2,000 members, representing
- Over 1,500 healthcare facilities
AHE membership has total purchasing power that grosses over $5 billion
Benefits of Collaborating with AHE
- Access to the Right People
-Other business partners
-Manufacturing and Distribution
-AHE executives: Board and staff
-Subsidiary of the American Hospital Association
- Become and active player in influencing future of healthcare industry
–AHE appointed liaison to a voting board position on the AHE national board
Value Added Benefits
- Targeted marketing opportunities
- Annual Conference and Healthcare Marketplace
- Chapter conferences
- Targeted electronic and direct mail pieces
- Discounted Publications and Recommended Practices for distribution to customers
- Knowledge Management & Exchange
- Active attendance and participation in conference educational sessions
- Access to AHE survey results and market research data
- Web based information library
ENGAGE courses, webinars, recordings and publications are designed to equip you with the latest content and trends in the field, and to help you take your departments, facilities and careers to new heights.
- Benchmarks and other Metrics for Effective Linen Management
- EVS Departments of the Year: Winning Stories
- The Efficacy of Disinfectants and Detergents in Environmental Cleaning
- EVS Metrics and Math (Stuff You Need to Know)
- Cleaning in the OR (Two-Part Series)
- Is Doing Less with Less an Option?
- Using Evidence to Guide Infection Prevention and Environmental Cleaning Practice
- You Had Me at Hello: Recruitment Strategies for an Engaged EVS Staff
- NEW FOR 2014 - Employee Engagement: Going the Extra Mile
- NEW FOR 2014 - Healthcare Initiatives Promoting Sustainability in EVS
- Foundations for Success in Environmental Services Management
- Lean Management System
- CHESP Study Group
- Integrated Pest Management
- Ultimate Scores for the Ultimate Experience: How Improving Patient Satisfaction Will Improve HCAHPS
- Principles of Effective Linen Management
- Essentials of Infection Prevention and Environmental Hygiene
EXCHANGE is an annual educational event attended by approximately 900 professionals with an interest in caring for healthcare environments. The conference brings together environmental services, infection prevention, facilities, textile, design and many other healthcare professionals to learn from and share with each other, make valuable business connections and lead change in the field of environmental services, which includes surface disinfection, environmental hygiene and infection prevention.
For more information about this year's conference visit: www.ahe.org/exchange
Join or Renew Your Membership Today!
Click a member type to join or renew your membership online
Notice: If you join with the wrong member type you will be moved into the correct member type. If you are an Associate Member (ASC) and you join as a Professional Active Member (PAM), then you will be required to pay the additional $50 or your membership will be cancelled.
Professional Active Member (PAM) - $150/year
Individuals employed in or by healthcare-related facilities. Possible, but not limited to, qualifying job titles below:
- Director of Environmental Services, Transportation, Linens or Facilities Management
- Director of Support Services
- Manager of Environmental Service, Transportation, Linens or Facilities Management
- Supervisor of Environmental Service, Transportation, Linens or Facilities Management
- Housekeeping Team Lead or Housekeeper
Associate Membership (ASC) - $200/year
Individuals that provide professional, technical, and consulting services, sell products or services to AHE Professional Active Members, or those who are not employed by a healthcare facility. Possible, but not limited to, qualifying positions below:
- Marketing and Sales Representatives
- Private cleaning companies that provides services to healthcare facilities.
More Ways to Join or Renew:
- Online: Select the appropriate AHE membership type above
- Fax: Send an AHE membership application form with credit card information to our secure fax (312) 422-3609. Allow 3-5 business days for processing.
- Mail: Send AHE Membership Application Form and check to: AHE, P.O. BOX 75315, Chicago, IL 60675-5315 3-4 weeks for processing
- Call: Member Services at (312) 422-2765
AHE Member Benefits (depending on your category above amount: $150 or $200) include:
- 9 FREE Webinars and 9 FREE Online Courses
- Monthly AHE E-News
- Discount on EXCHANGE Registration
- Discounts on Publications
- Access to the AHE Listserv
- EXPLORE Quarterly Magazine (Print & Electronic)
- Access to AHE Member Directory
- Free Subscription: Health Facilities Management magazine
- Access to the Annual EVS Salary Survey Results