Cintas Corporation has announced the winners of its 2023 CAPE Awards during Environmental Services Week (EVS), taking place September 10-16. The CAPE Awards, which stand for “Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience,” recognize the commitment and exceptional service of EVS employees in long-term and short-term care facilities.
Ten EVS technicians were nominated and selected based on the quality of their services and their commitment to patient care and healthcare. The 2023 CAPE Awards winners are: Fata Mahmutovic of the University of Utah Health Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Benita Crawford of the University of Kansas Health System, Linda Harmon of Mercy Health Clermont Hospital, Kathleen Murphy of the University of Staten Island, Samiya Seid of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Pamela Ring of Union Health, Debra Powell of University of Maryland Shore Regional Hospital, Jorge Hernandez of HCA Methodist Hospital, Jeanette Louidor of Orlando Regional Medical Center and Rosario Seludo of Sacramento Methodist Hospital.
Nominations were open to the public from June 12 to August 15 and people were asked to highlight EVS technicians who play an important role in ensuring cleanliness and safety in healthcare facilities. A jury of Cintas representatives evaluated the nominations based on their persuasive strength as well as the nominee’s quality of service and commitment.
Each of the ten winners will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and a $2,500 donation to their healthcare organization. Additionally, they receive a Rubbermaid loading cube filled with products. The Cintas CAPE Awards, in collaboration with the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), will also provide a scholarship for each institution’s designated trainer to participate in one of AHE’s Train the Trainer series programs. Additionally, the winning technicians will receive a scholarship for training and certification in the AHE program at their facility.
Chad Poeppelmeier, vice president of healthcare at Cintas, expressed his appreciation for the hard work and dedication of EVS technicians who are tirelessly cleaning hospitals to prevent the spread of disease and infection, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.