Published on February 26, 2021

It's More than Just Cleaning

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that where there is teamwork and compassion, there is success.

Many departments serve different areas and play different roles in the lives of our patients and families; however, there is one team here that truly serves everyone.

During the past year, this giant family (of more than 7,000) has overcome giant obstacles we never imagined while continuing to provide excellent and compassionate care to our patients and families.

Many departments serve different areas and play different roles in the lives of our patients and families; however, there is one team here that truly serves everyone. No matter the challenge, no matter the role, no matter the area—our Environmental Services team is the heart of health care at North Mississippi Health Services. Throughout the pandemic, the Environmental Services team’s responsibilities have been magnified to a new level. Despite all odds, our team was prepared for this challenge because of its true connection to our patients and families.

At its core, the role of an Environmental Services team member is to provide a clean and safe environment for our patients, family members and staff. Our team saves lives daily by consistently cleaning, sanitizing and ensuring each patient’s experience with our facilities is clean and safe.

Although much of my team’s days are spent doing what’s outlined in their job descriptions, there is one thing these folks do that truly makes them special. The Environmental Services staff consistently creates meaningful, compassionate connections with our patients and family members. Whether its being a friendly face in a stressful or intimidating situation, saying a prayer for a family experiencing tragedy, spreading laughter and cheer to clinical staff during hard times or offering a hug to a patient who longs for connection after a stay in the hospital, our team truly C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, Smiles).

When we ask our team members what it is that helps them feel connected, they always reference the patient experience. At NMHS, we believe being part of the Environmental Services team means you are part of the overall healing process. It means you truly are the patient experience.

So, when you think about Environmental Services, know that it’s more than just cleaning. Being part of this team means being there for your coworkers and caring for patients and families. It means being part of a group of special individuals who make the environment around us feel clean, safe and welcoming.

We are looking for compassionate individuals to join our Environmental Services team. Apply here to join the best of the best!