The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announced Atlanta-based pest control company and long-time Platinum Partner Orkin Commercial Services as its newest "Corporate Champion" for 2010.  Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc., an international consumer services company (NYSE: ROL). The Corporate Champion level was created to provide additional opportunities for ASHES and industry partners to collaborate on programs to support ASHES members well beyond participation in the annual conference.  ASHES' very aggressive strategic initiatives and educational goals require greater commitment and sponsor engagement with the organization and its leadership. ASHES' agenda includes:
•    Adding programming to the online education portfolio
•    Refining requisite knowledge and competencies for environmental services professionals
•    Continued expansion of best practices around proper cleaning for infection prevention
•    Acting as the influential voice to advocate on behalf of the environmental infection prevention and environmental services profession.

"Becoming a Corporate Champion is the next logical step in our long-term partnership with ASHES," said Dr. Ron Harrison, Orkin's director of technical services.  "We're committed to serving as an educational resource on pest management for EVS professionals, and we can take this commitment a step further through ASHES' Corporate Champion program."

Orkin has partnered with ASHES since 2005 to help ASHES members advance their learning, develop best practices and implement comprehensive integrated pest management programs. These efforts included the publication of the ASHES Recommended Practice: Integrated Pest Management, and the launch of HealthCarePestControl.com, an online training resource for EVS professionals.

While conference related sponsorship levels will continue to provide for maximum conference visibility, the Corporate Champion level provides companies year-round visibility and member access while assisting ASHES fulfill its mission.