January 13, 2016
RENO, Nev. (Jan. 13, 2016) – The Association for the Healthcare Environment of the American Hospital Association piloted a new patient safety certification program at Renown Health. As the first healthcare system in the United States to receive the Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician (CHEST) program, Renown continues to lead in the way in bringing innovative patient safety programs to the region.
"Patient safety is our number one priority and we are very pleased to pilot the CHEST program, bringing an added layer of patient protection to Renown," said Chris Baker, manager of facility operations, Renown Health. "Infection prevention is critical in a healthcare setting and we value the role environmental services plays in patient care and safety.”
The CHEST program is comprised of a rigorous 25-hour curriculum and certifies that healthcare employees are improving patient care through infection prevention, evidence-based cleaning practices, proper waste and linen handling, safety, and effective communication. Thirty-two of more than 150 environmental services technicians at Renown have completed the program and received certification.
“As hospitals around the country look for innovative ways to enhance quality patient care, we chose to invest in CHEST certification to ensure Renown is at the forefront, providing the best and most professional level of care to our patients and their families from the ground up," added Baker.
Just last year, Renown became the first in the area to add four Xenex germ-zapping robots to its infection prevention protocol. The robots use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to effectively eliminate harmful superbugs, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), MRSA, norovirus, influenza, measles and Ebola.
About Renown Health
Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 5,700. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit renown.org.
About AHE
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association. AHE is the professional organization of choice for professionals responsible for caring for the patient and resident care environment across all care settings; including hospitals, long term care, continuing care retirement communities and ambulatory care. AHE shapes professional practice, advances and promotes the profession and promotes awareness for over 2,000 professionals working to ensure a clean and safe healthcare environment and quality outcomes.

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Stacey Sunday

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Email: news@renown.org
Phone: 775-691-7308
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