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Children’s National Hospital earns Clean Facility Certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment

Children’s National Hospital is among the first facilities to attain this distinction October 19, 2020

Children’s National Hospital is among the first facilities to attain a Clean Facility Certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE), the recognized authority in health care environmental services, and professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. AHE released the Pathways to Clean certificate program as a resource for members and the environmental services community at large in response to COVID-19. 

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the first health care organizations to receive this certification,” said Martha Parra, M.S.N., R.N., vice president for Clinical Support Services at Children’s National. “This shows our commitment to top of the line industry practices and dedication to providing the safest conditions for all who visit our facilities.”

Through this certification, Children’s National has acknowledged the importance of cleaning and disinfection practices, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and as society continues to evaluate and reimagine how to address future threats of pandemics and outbreaks.

Children’s National completed the Pathways to Clean certificate program which includes training and education content related to COVID-19, infection prevention strategies, cleaning, disinfection, sanitation, emerging pathogens and preparedness for biological events. Children’s National has affirmed their commitment to hospital grade clean and assuring patients, staff and guests that their facility is hygienically clean and safe.

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About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, 150 years stronger, it is among the nation's top 10 children's hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fourth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, construction will be complete on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children's National has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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