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AHE and Kimberly-Clark Professional


Congratulations
2013 Heart of Healthcare Awards winner

Jean Azor
F
loor Care Technician
St. Joseph's Hospitals
Tampa, FL 

Jean Azor works in St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and in the Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital. In this role, Azor provides floor care services and ensures that patient rooms and high-touch objects are completely disinfected, helping to improve care for all patients at the hospital. In addition, Azor is vigilant in making sure that all caregivers in the unit follow proper personal protective equipment procedures.

While Azor's job description ends there, his role does not. With a lifelong desire to help others, Azor befriended a young cancer patient and supported him through months of chemotherapy, providing him comfort and distraction when he was sad or sick. Azor was recently recognized by the hospital board and administration as "team member of the month" for providing outstanding service and comfort to patients and was featured in a newspaper column about his friendship with the young patient.

"Jean never hesitates to help out when needed, and is exceptionally detailed and thorough with his cleaning, making him a key player in helping to prevent the spread of HAIs in our facility," said Doug Rothermel, director, environmental services, St. Joseph's Hospital. "He is also a leader among his peers and takes seriously his role in training new environmental services department team members. It is a pleasure to see Jean's achievements acknowledged by AHE and Kimberly-Clark, as he truly embodies the spirit of the Heart of Healthcare campaign."

Honorable Mentions:

  • Annette Dejesus, housekeeping aide supervisor, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Tammi Ulrey, environmental services technician, Skiff Medical Center, Newton, Iowa
  • Rosemarie Shifflett, environmental services attendant, Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio

"We are excited to again team up with the Association for the Healthcare Environment to host the Heart of Healthcare Awards for the environmental services professionals who embrace the fundamentals of the program," said Richard Marriott, healthcare segment leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "Our hope is that the accomplishments of those recognized will inspire others to uphold infection prevention practices as a top priority, and that the healthcare community will have a deeper understanding, connection and appreciation for the role environmental services play in maintaining patient safety and satisfaction."

The nomination process for the 2014 Heart of Healthcare Awards will open in early 2014 at www.ahe.org. Nominees do not need to be AHE members to be nominated for the award.

AHE and Kimberly-Clark are working together to provide 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.


Previous Winners:

2013 - Jean Azor, Floor Care Technician, St. Joseph's Hospitals, Tampa, FL
2012 - Elsa Enriquez, UESW II, Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ



Heart of Healthcare Campaign Tools

The new Heart of Healthcare Campaign Education and Recognition tools provide vital support for best practices in cleaning and disinfecting the environment, as well as recognizing the frontline staff for maintaining a safe environment. The downloadable pdfs to print these tools are now available FREE to you and your organization through the AHE website, compliments of KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL*. Customize most of these materials with your organization's logo during the download process.

-A Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Patient Rooms

-2 styles of patient room tent cards

-Staff recognition certificate

-2 Environmental services recognition posters

-Discharge card – NEW

-Cleaning Checklist - NEW

Download your Heart of Healthcare campaign tool PDFs now.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.