Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Environmental Services staff have been on the front lines of this pandemic since the response to COVID-19 began in Saskatchewan.
“They’re heroes,” said Teresa Watt, SHA Director of Environmental Services in the North.
SHA Environmental Servcies staff checking temperatures at facility entrances.
“They are a resilient group of people who work tirelessly everyday cleaning and disinfecting our facilities to keep patients, families and staff safe. Our Environmental Services staff and managers have met the challenges that have been directed at them in a calm and creative manner, shared ideas and supported each other and even had a few laughs along the way,” Watt continued.
SHA Environmental Services had made changes to their process before COVID-19, which made the transition easier when pandemic-related changes were needed in SHA facilities. Over the last year, Environmental Services started using a standard cleaning product that was safe yet met the requirements to use during this pandemic. Staff disinfected high traffic areas, spent more time in high risk areas and were able to create training packages for affiliates to support cleaning processes between patients.
Kateri Singer, Director of Environmental Services Program Support and Standards, was absolutely amazed at how the team stepped up to the challenge.
“I have the pleasure of working with porters and unit support workers here in Regina as well as the linen staff in Saskatoon. Linen supplied isolation gowns and scrubs in a time of need with an exceptional lens to serving others. In Regina, our porters worked screening those who came into the facilities. Unit support workers took the time to complete additional cleaning tasks. This team came to work and supported health care with a pride that was second to none.”
“I am grateful to have amazing directors and managers,” says Kerri Cryderman, Executive Director of Environmental Services, “who not only support their teams but also each other.”
Cryderman is proud of the work the entire team has done during this pandemic. She refers to the Environmental Services staff as the “keepers of the house.”