CHICAGO -- The American Society of Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) has elected to its board of directors Brett Higgins, CHESP, manager of environmental services and grounds at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, and Robert McFarland, CHESP, chief of environmental management service for the VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Each will serve a three-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2006.
Serving his second term, Higgins has been an ASHES member since 1994 and currently serves as the organizations vice president. He has 22 years of healthcare experience, all of which has been spent in environmental services. McFarland joined ASHES in 1992 and has more than 32 years in environmental management, all of which has been with the Veterans Administration.
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.