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UMF Corporation names first recipient of the Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

March 18, 2011

SKOKIE, IL — UMF Corporation has announced that Janet Altman, a hygiene specialist at Benewah Community Hospital in St. Maries, ID, is the recipient of the first annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, according to a press release.

The award is part of the company''s new Hygiene Specialist program that focuses on training, education and ongoing reinforcement of infection prevention "best practices," the release stated.

According to the release, Altman was nominated by her Environmental Services Manager, Eula Needham, and was honored for her outstanding skills and efforts to maintain the hospital’s hygiene standards to help prevent the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs).

"We believe that housekeepers are the first line of defense in preventing HAIs and providing a safe patient environment. Reducing the risk of HAIs isn''t about one job classification or one department; it''s an effort that must involve everyone," said George Clarke, UMF Corporation chief executive officer (CEO).

"Through her actions and dedication, Janet Altman has made Benewah Community Hospital a safer place. We''re pleased and proud to recognize her as our first award recipient. Through this award and the Hygiene Specialist program, we hope to elevate awareness and remind all involved of the importance of incorporating environmental hygiene best practices into their facilities," Clarke added.

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