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Two Healthcare Providers Honored for Integrated Pest Management Excellence

Two healthcare organizations were named 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). Now in its 10th year, the IPM Partner Awards honor facilities for their dedication to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships with Orkin. This is the third year the Awards have honored healthcare providers.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The two winning facilities were honored for their adherence to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“IPM can only truly succeed when there is a strong partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “Our 2013 healthcare winners have really gone above and beyond to maintain successful IPM programs and build lasting partnerships with their Orkin team.”

The 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners in healthcare, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:

  • Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.) – A not-for-profit, National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center committed to excellence in patient care, research, clinical trials, and prevention and cancer control.
  • Westminster-Thurber Community (Columbus, Ohio) - A not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community designed to meet the needs of older adults now and into the future with various levels of care: independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, rehab and long-term care nursing.

“By implementing a strong IPM program, these facilities have demonstrated a true commitment to the environment and the health of their patients, staff and visitors,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America. “We’re proud to recognize and award the 2013 winners for their excellence and encourage other organizations to follow in their footsteps.”

As a co-presenter of the Awards, AHE brings a professional knowledge of the responsibilities and quality outcomes needed to maintain healthy communities in the healthcare environment.

“IPM is a key part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. What’s more, it helps healthcare providers meet Joint Commission requirements,” said Greg May, Director of Environmental Services, Linen, & Sustainability at UC San Diego Health System. “Our healthcare winners have demonstrated that they understand the importance of IPM and have made it a top priority in their facility.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Greg May, Director of Environmental Services, Linen & Sustainability, UC San Diego Health System
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., Founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training Director, Orkin
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., President, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin

About Orkin

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods.  The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM. The Institute’s mission is to leverage the power of the marketplace to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management and other sustainable practices. The Institute is a partner with Sysco Corporation on its IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative with its processed fruit and vegetable suppliers, and with potato suppliers to McDonald’s Corporation, and co-leads the US National School IPM Working Group and International IPM Symposium, to be held next in Salt Lake City in March, 2015. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs. Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About AHE

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) represents, defines, and advances the professionals responsible for care of the patient environment to ensure quality patient outcomes and healthy communities. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHE serves more than 2,000 members. AHE provides education, networking and recognition for personal and professional achievements as well as collaboration with the AHA on public policy and advocacy issues related to the healthcare environment. www.ahe.org

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