Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE)

AHE and Kimberly-Clark Recognize Extraordinary Environmental Services Professionals and Technicians


Inaugural Heart of Healthcare Awards winners honored during EXCHANGE 2012



PHOENIX, Sept. 19, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and Kimberly-Clark announced the first recipients of the Heart of Healthcare Awards, honoring outstanding frontline environmental services professionals who make a difference for patients and long-term care and assisted living residents. The award is part of the Heart of Healthcare campaign developed by AHE and Kimberly-Clark, which recognizes and elevates the critical role that frontline environmental services technicians play in the healthcare environment.

'Environmental services professionals and their technicians perform important roles in supporting their facilities' safety, quality and patient satisfaction initiatives,' said Patti Costello, AHE executive director. 'We are honored to recognize the Heart of Healthcare Awards winner and honorable mentions. The technicians were nominated by their managers and have shown immense dedication in creating exceptional healthcare environments. We are also thrilled with the interest and the response the Heart of Healthcare campaign has garnered this first year; it has really exceeded our expectations and we look forward to growing the program to recognize team members who so richly deserve recognition.'

Heart of Healthcare Awards Recipients
Nominations were submitted by managers, supervisors, co-workers and members of other in-house departments in hospitals and long-term care facilities. A panel of AHE members reviewed all submissions and selected the winners.

First Place Awardee:

Elsa Enriquez, UESW II, Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J.

Enriquez has been with Hunterdon Medical Center's environmental services department for 15 years, where she's been recognized by the medical center for her commitment to patient safety. Enriquez views her role at Hunterdon Medical Center as truly important and imparts her level of commitment to the new employees she trains by explaining the role the environmental services technicians play in preventing healthcare-associated infections. Her attention to detail and exceptional level of commitment are an inspiration to her co-workers throughout the medical center.

'Elsa is an employee who consistently does her job well, and trains other new colleagues to follow her lead.' said Robert P. Wise, Hunterdon Medical Center president and chief executive officer. 'I am so pleased she is being recognized for her dedication to Hunterdon Medical Center and our patients. It is a great achievement that Elsa is first in the country to receive this prestigious healthcare award.'

Honorable Mentions:

  • Martha Bonilla, environmental services aide, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla.
  • Terry Perkins, environmental services worker III, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt.
  • Kim Tyler, environmental services worker, Tenet St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

'Together with AHE, we are providing environmental services professionals and technicians with the necessary tools for their continued education, training and recognition to help their facilities support their goals of reducing HAIs,' said Jackie Martin, marketing director, healthcare segment, Kimberly-Clark Professional. 'Environmental services professionals and technicians make a significant difference in the lives and safety of patients and residents, and we're proud to celebrate the work they do.'

The nomination process for the 2012 Heart of Healthcare Awards will open in early 2013 at Nominees do not need to be AHE members to be nominated for the award.

Heart of Healthcare Campaign Toolkit
AHE and Kimberly-Clark, with input from environmental services professionals, developed Heart of Healthcare Education and Recognition tools, which offer vital support to promote best practices in cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment.

The tools are available through the AHE website at no cost and nearly all of the materials are customizable to include the logo of the healthcare facility using the materials. The following materials are included:

  • Employee recognition certificate
  • Checklist with handy references to cleaning and disinfecting patient rooms
  • Posters for public display
  • Room calling cards indicating a patient room has been cleaned

For more information on the campaign please visit,


About AHE
AHE represents, defines, and advances the professionals responsible for care of the patient environment to ensure quality patient outcomes and healthy communities. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHE serves more than 2,000 members. AHE provides education, networking and recognition for personal and professional achievements as well as collaboration with the AHA on public policy and advocacy issues related to the health care environment. Visit for additional information.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces for their employees and patrons. Kimberly-Clark Professional helps transform workplaces making them safer, healthier, and more productive. Key brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's four business segments and can be visited on the web at

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation, visit

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