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meet the 2016 Ahe
Tell us a little bit about how you got
started in environmental services
and with AHE.
Gary l. dolan, CHESP
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL
SERVICES, THE VILLAGE AT
PENN STATE, STATE COLLEGE,
AHE PRESIDENT 2016-2017
In my second semester of college taking
biomedical engineering in Dayton, Ohio,
I started working second and third shifts
in the laundry at Stouffers Hotel when
it fit my class schedule. This led to working various positions in several departments and in the next three years, and I
really thought hospitality management
was going to end up being my career.
Throughout my schooling and spending
time within the acute healthcare arena,
however, healthcare continued to draw
me as well, and coupling the two together
just seemed to come as a natural fit. I was
working PT in biomed in a small rural hospital when the assistant director of housekeeping position came available and I
was offered the position. Two years later, I
attended a training program in Nashville,
conducted by our beloved Dave Roberson
of Quorum at that time, and he gave me
info in 1995 to check out ASHES, and voila!
The rest is history.
Q. What makes a great leader?
Listening, sincerely. Being committed,
responsible and empowering followers.
Courage to confront issues and have the
FamIly: Wife Kristy, Son Gary II, and Daughter Kalin.
PeTs: Ohhh, we love the animals - two cats, Oakland (I am a diehard Raiders
fan!) and Isabella. Two Chihuahuas - Rosey and Sasha - and one rabbit (Babbit).
lasT book read: The Walk series.
FavorITe band/musIcIan: Anything except country, but my go-to is Gettin'
the Led Out!! Led Zeppelin.
dream lunch ParTner: My wife Kristy sitting street-side in Little Italy, NYC.
member oF ahe sInce: 1995
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Q. What book has influenced you most?
Q. What's the most rewarding part of
It has always been those teaching moments
with staff and/or residents that when it
clicks and the light comes on, the look on
their face when the "aha" moment hits and
they get it!
Q. If you could meet anyone, living or
dead, who would you meet?
#1 Jesus Christ, and someday I will! #2 -
George Washington/Thomas Jefferson. #3
- John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin.
Q. Who is your role model and why?
My father Vince Dolan. Hard-working, Godfearing family provider.
Q. Tell me about an accomplishment
that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
There are two. In 1995, my hospital gave
me the order to write all the management
plans for what was then JCAHO's EOC standards. It was quite the undertaking for me,
and those plans remained in place for several years after my departure. When I left,
there I was part of a small sales team (three
of us) that bid and was awarded a $3.5M
commercial cleaning contract, and THAT
was quite rewarding after a lot of work!
Q. If you could take only three items
with you to a deserted island, what
would they be?
Depends on how long, but - fishing rod,
flint, tarp - gotta eat, stay warm/cook
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Spring 2016
MEET THE 2016 AHE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IMPORTANT STEPS TO ERADICATE NEGATIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE
UNCOVERING THE PREVALENCE OF DAMAGED MATTRESSES
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