Housekeeping staff earn Environmental Service certification

June 11, 2014

Environmental Service certifications celebrated in pinning ceremony at MVHC

All eight members of Minnesota Valley Health Center’s housekeeping department were honored at a pinning ceremony on Wednesday, June 11th.  Each had successfully completed specialized Environmental Service Training.

“This training was done in cooperation with the Minnesota Hospital Association, the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network and Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT),” said Ann Johnson, MVHC Quality Coordinator. “MVHC was selected to refine and implement strategies to measure and improve outcomes for patients specifically regarding Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C.diff.”

C.diff  is a bacterial infection that can be acquired during a hospital stay or after treatment with certain antibiotics. C.diff  leads to a wide range of symptoms from diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation. It is one of the ongoing challenges identified by the Partnership for Patients.

“It was an honor to be selected to participate in this national program,” said Ambria Hutton, MVHC Director of Nursing. “Our staff is now using new methods and products that will serve as an example for hospitals nationwide.  This training will also help to prevent other hospital acquired infections, not just C.diff.”

Classes included new cleaning concepts, the awareness of high touch areas and hot spots in patient rooms, isolation precautions and the use of personal protective equipment.

“The goal is to keep patients and staff safe and free from infection,” Hutton said. “I’m very proud of the hard work of our housekeeping staff. Their efforts and outcomes are being shared nationwide so that other hospitals can adopt these concepts known as best practices.”

Those completing the coursework and earning Environmental Service certification are Lori Berentson , Diana Capaul, Donna Harder, Roxanne Kisling, Ann Manteufel, Yoko Showket, Evghenia Sofieva and Heidi Wolf.

MVHC is one of twenty-four Minnesota hospitals selected to create and test strategies to measure and improve outcomes for patients.

Lawrence Massa, president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association, said:”Being selected for this initiative is a testament to the innovative work going on in Minnesota hospitals to continuously improve patient care. Participation in this program will help ensure that Minnesota hospitals will continue to be at the forefront of the nation in delivering safe, high-quality care to patients.” 

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