Pilot Program Assigns Social Worker to Hospital Housekeepers
Indiana University Health (IU Health) recognizes that the workers who clean its hospitals are the first line of defense for infection control. To show these workers that they are valued, IU Health has instituted a pilot program, which assigns a social worker for its hospital housekeeping and environmental services (EVS) staff, RTV6 reports.
The social worker will assist cleaning staff with barriers that can impact their ability to work such as childcare, transportation, and financial issues. The social worker also will assist housekeepers and EVS staff in obtaining, education, and training to further their careers and in finding methods to obtain work-life balance.
IU Health Methodist Hospital and University Hospital, both in Indianapolis, employ more than 300 housekeepers and are looking to fill at least 40 more cleaning positions. They believe by providing worker benefits they can attract quality staff as well as retain valued employees.