UMF Corporation Recognizes UTMB’s Winnie Richards As Recipient of Hygiene Specialist® Excellence Award

  UMF Corporation Recognizes UTMB’s Winnie Richards As Recipient of Hygiene
  Specialist® Excellence Award

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- April 08, 2013

Winnie Richards, a member of the Sodexo Environmental Services (ES) team
working at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) in Galveston,
Texas, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Hygiene Specialist^®
Excellence award sponsored by UMF Corporation.

Hygiene Specialist(R) Excellence award recipient Winnie Richards, standing in
front of the Ashbel Sm ...

Hygiene Specialist(R) Excellence award recipient Winnie Richards, standing in
front of the Ashbel Smith building, home of Texas' first medical school.
(Photo: Business Wire)

The award, in collaboration with IEHA and in its third year, was established
to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of ES – the first line of defense –
in providing a safe patient environment and reducing preventable
healthcare-associated infections (pHAIs). ES managers nominate the housekeeper
of their choice to receive the award.

“Winnie Richards works in the UTMB Health Burn Unit and her diligence in
helping to prevent infections is exemplary,” said UTMB Health ES director
Jason Botkin in nominating Richards. “On several occasions, she has been
publicly recognized for her role in helping to achieve zero HAI or nosocomial
infection rates. Having Winnie receive the Hygiene Specialist Excellence award
honors a dedicated individual who every day makes the extra effort in the name
of patient safety. We’re very proud to have her as part of our team.”

The Hygiene Specialist Excellence award includes an all-expense-paid vacation
for two to South Beach, FL, including airfare and beachfront accommodations. A
committee of industry leaders selected the recipient after a review of

Commenting about the award, UMF Corporation CEO George Clarke said, “We have
long believed that one of the most effective ways to truly effect change in
reducing pHAIs is to recognize the indispensable role that ES plays in
mitigating their risk.”

Clarke said including ES as part of an enterprise-wide multimodal intervention
team and plan is the only way to reduce pHAIs.

“It is the Hygiene Specialist in particular who plays a critical and
far-reaching role – from making sure hospital surfaces are diligently cleaned
and disinfected, to playing an important role in helping to reduce the number
of days a patient remains in a hospital, to thoroughly processing a room prior
to using new technologies that ultimately reduces readmissions, and to
contributing to improved HCAHP’s scores,” he said. “Winnie Richards and all
the other dedicated ES individuals just like her need to be recognized as the
‘first line of defense’ and for their invaluable contribution to ensuring a
safe patient environment.”

About UMF Corporation

Innovators and specialists in environmental hygiene, UMF Corporation delivers
advanced, patented antimicrobial technology with industry-leading
PerfectCLEAN® products, education, training, motivation and support. For more
than 10 years, the company has been an aggressive advocate of raising
standards in the battle to reduce pHAIs. The company, headquartered in the
Chicago area, is the only U.S. Company that designs, engineers and
manufactures high-performance fibers and accessories to help its customers
meet tough new challenges in public health and safety.

For more information, visit

About IEHA

IEHA is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons who direct
cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, groundskeeping, safety and/or indoor
environmental programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities.
The organization was founded in New York City in 1930, and is now located in
Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. IEHA provides
its members with an array of professional development, educational,
certification and career opportunities. For more information, visit

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