WASHINGTON — Two health care organizations have been named 2011 Gold Medal IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, the IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Health care Environment (AHE) for their outstanding commitment to integrated pest management (IPM) partnerships, according to a press release.
IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention, the release stated.
According to the release, 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 recordkeeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.
"The key to any successful IPM program is partnership," said Zia Siddiqi, PhD, Orkin''s director of quality systems.
"The health care providers that we have honored this year have gone the extra mile to work with their Orkin teams to achieve pest management goals that are critical in protecting patients and staff and surpassing Joint Commission standards," Siddiqi added.
The 2011 Gold Medal IPM Partner Award winners in health care, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:
• St. Joseph''s/Candler Health System, Savannah, Georgia
• Westminster-Thurber Community, Columbus, Ohio
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