To honor the Environmental Services Technicians (EVS) who are on the front lines keeping hospitals and healthcare facilities clean, Cintas Corporation announced that nominations are open for its 2024 C.A.P.E. Awards (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) through Aug. 12.

The C.A.P.E. Awards celebrate EVS staff in acute and long-term care facilities who are at the frontline of patient care providing clean and safe facilities for healthcare workers, patients, residents and visitors across the United States and Canada. The public can nominate heroic EVS technicians who might not wear a cape but who play critical roles in cleaning and sanitizing healthcare facilities to eliminate viruses, germs and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

"EVS staff play a vital role in infection control, but their hard work often goes unnoticed," says Chad Poeppelmeier, Cintas vice president of Healthcare. "We’re proud to honor these unsung heroes who display empathy and courage and spend countless hours cleaning and maintaining spaces to prevent infection. These employees help lead the charge on keeping our communities healthy and safe."

When the nomination period closes, a panel of Cintas representatives will evaluate nominations based on their compelling nature and the quality of service and dedication of the nominee. The panel will select ten winners, and each will receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $2,500 donation to their healthcare institution or a charity of choice on their behalf. Winners will also receive a Rubbermaid cleaning cart and a scholarship to attend one of the Association for the Health Care Environment’s (AHE) (CHEST, CSCT, CNACC) signature series, Train the Trainer programs.

During the 2023 C.A.P.E. Awards, Cintas received more than 500 nominations. Ten award winners were selected for their impeccable motivation, reliability, adaptability and commitment to supporting clinical staff and other teams. Visit the Hall of Fame page to view the list of winners.

To nominate an EVS technician, and to learn more about the Cintas C.A.P.E. Awards, visit cintascapeawards.com.