The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) and Health Forum’s Health Facilities Management magazine are pleased to announce a new award, which will celebrate hospitals’ continued focus on improving patient safety.  The Environmental Services Department of the Year award will recognize a hospital that employs best practices in cleaning the built environment. 

This annual award will highlight the outstanding achievements of a leading-edge hospital ES/housekeeping team in maintaining the highest levels of performance in critical areas, such as:
• Infection control and prevention
• Patient safety initiatives
• Customer service
• Waste reduction and recycling initiatives
• Staff education/training
• Patient satisfaction
• Engaging senior management in the ES department’s success

A panel of judges selected by Health Facilities Management and ASHES will review the entry applications and select a single winner based on documented results in 12 performance criteria areas measured. The winning Environmental Services Department of the Year will be profiled in Health Facilities Management and recognized at the ASHES Annual Conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in St. Louis.

“Environmental services and housekeeping departments are on the front lines of a hospital’s success in patient satisfaction, infection prevention and safety. Nationally recognizing the contributions made by ES departments makes a strong statement to the important and critical role ES staff play during a patient’s visit to a hospital,” said Patti Costello, ASHES executive director.

Hospitals seeking to enter the Environmental Services Department of the Year Award contest should visit to access the online entry form. Entrants will be required to provide demographic information on their department and hospital in addition to offering details about their performance in 12 critical areas. Finalists will be required to produce necessary documents to support their entry. All submitted data will be kept confidential.  For more information about ASHES, visit

The deadline for completed entries is July 23, 2007.