UMF Starts Search for Top Hygiene Specialist

March 10, 2022

UMF Corp. is now accepting nominations for its Hygiene Specialist® Excellence Award.

Now in its 13th year, UMF’s annual award highlights the contributions of environmental services (EVS) departments in reducing preventable health care-associated infections (pHAIs). EVS managers are encouraged to nominate deserving staff members. The award recipient will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two, including airfare, to South Beach, Florida.

“Each year, 1 in 25 hospitalized patients will get a pHAI, an infection resulting from the care they receive, and an estimated 75,000 patients will die,” said George Clarke, UMF CEO. “We established the National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award more than a decade ago to celebrate EVS workers, who serve as a first line of defense in preventing pHAI spread. After more than two years of a global pandemic, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to deliver an essential service throughout hospitals, long-term care centers, and other healthcare facilities.”

The deadline for nominations is April 30. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit UMF’s website.

About UMF
Skokie, Illinois-based UMF Corp. designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance textile products for the infection prevention markets under the brand name PerfectClean. For more information, visit