The first-ever Champions of Clean contest winners have been announced. The Champions of Clean contest, which ran from January 8 to February 20, 2019, encouraged facility managers and cleaning and healthcare professionals to nominate someone who puts it all on the line to keep their facility clean and healthy during cold, flu and norovirus season and throughout the year.
In a press release, the company said Minnie Watson, an Environmental Services (EVS) Tech at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL, was selected for her passion for going above and beyond to help keep their facilities clean and healthy. Watson is a critical member of the Memorial Medical Center Environmental Services (EVS) team.
“Not only do we receive requests from patients for Minnie to clean their room, she is a stickler for cleaning procedures,” said Gabe Ceperich, EVS Director in the statment. “Her attention to detail goes a long way and her work is crucial in helping to prevent healthcare-associated infections.”
CloroxPro said Ceperich is not the first person to nominate Watson for a reward for her hard work. Watson has won Employee of the Month twice, both within her department of 200 employees and within the entire hospital of more than 6,500 employees. Watson has been at Memorial Medical Center for more than 10 years. She works hand-in-hand with the hospital’s Infection Prevention department, updating the best products and protocols to combat pathogens.
“I’ve been in EVS for more than 30 years, and Minnie’s genuine care for patients and providing a clean environment is conducive to Memorial’s wonderful culture, successful turnover rates, and overall infection prevention,” says Ceperich.
Watson’s humility shines through when she speaks about the recognition. “I’m just surprised I won because there are so many hardworking healthcare professionals out there … I love my patients and want to make sure they have a nice clean environment so they can heal better,” she says.
Watson received a $7,075 cash prize in lieu of an all-expenses-paid vacation.
Greg Masse, a custodian at Louis Toffolon Elementary School in Plainville, CT was the second winner.