ASHES Award Applications and Nominations Due July 15

CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) provides several awards programs to recognize those who are setting the standard and raising the bar for the healthcare environmental services profession. The awards will be presented at the annual conference in Philadelphia on September 24, 2003. The following award applications and nominations are due July 15, 2003.

The Phoenix Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the growth and professionalism of the society and the field of environmental services.

The J. Owen Flynn Memorial Award is presented to one who, without compensation, performs services to the benefit of their hospital, community, state or country.

The James Wolffbrandt Mentor Award recognizes an individual who has made a selfless commitment of their time and expertise to mentor professionals in the field of environmental services.

The Environmental Stewardship Award is presented to an individual who has worked to preserve the environment through waste reduction, pollution prevention and/or mercury elimination.

The Innovator Award is bestowed upon an individual who has developed new and improved methods of achieving cost reduction, quality improvement and enhanced efficiencies.

The Recognition Program Award recognizes a member who has developed and implemented a successful employee recognition program.

The Scholarship Award provides a limited number of Certified Healthcare Environmental Service Professional (CHESP) exam scholarships.

The Excellence in Communication Award recognizes Affiliated Societies that have excelled in their efforts to communicate with their members, the community, national ASHES, and other Affiliated Societies.

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes affiliated societies that have made a commitment to providing educational opportunities to environmental services professionals.

The Networking for Professionalism Award recognizes individual Affiliated Societies that have accomplished a 10 percent or greater growth in membership over the previous year.

Full award descriptions, criteria and nominations forms are available at For more information, contact Connie Tomber at (312) 422-3856 or

ASHES, of the American Hospital Association, is the premier professional association for environmental services, housekeeping, waste management and textile care professionals in the healthcare industry. ASHES provides educational programs, opportunities to network with peers on a national level, recognition for personal and professional achievements, as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to environmental services.

Source: ASHES