Awarded “Clean Facility” Certification by the Association for the Health Care Environment

(Hudson, New York) Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) today announced its hospital in Hudson has earned a “Clean Facility” certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE), a national authority on health care environmental services, and professional membership group of the American Hospital Association.

The certification is part of the AHE’s Pathways to Clean Certificate Program that was initiated in response to COVID-19. The extensive national program includes training and education on a number of critical topics including: infection prevention strategies, cleaning, disinfection, sanitation, emerging pathogens, and preparedness for biological events.

Columbia Memorial Health President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan said: “This certification is a meaningful recognition of the professionalism and impact of CMH’s environmental services team. They are our unsung heroes who are every bit an essential part of our patient care team. It’s also a testament to the critical importance of employing the best practices for proper sanitation and hygiene in the health care setting. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients.”

About AHE

The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) is a Professional 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 2,300 professionals working to ensure a clean and safe health care environment and quality outcomes.