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The Association for the Healthcare Environment's diverse membership
includes environmental services professionals from many different
backgrounds, including international members. Here, we feature three
perspectives on the global scope of environmental services and what AHE
has to offer for members in any country.
NAZAR MASRY, CHESP,
HEALTHCARE & LAUNDRY
JOB OPTIONS INC.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
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How did you first get started in
environmental services, and how has
your career progressed?
I first got started in environmental services in 2004, and it was purely by chance.
I was employed as a banquet manager at
a hotel in the LA airport when I had a conversation with one of my former peers who
worked for Kaiser at the time. I told him that
although I enjoyed my position, I believed
that I was going through the motions and
needed more of a challenge. He informed
me that there was an opening for an environmental services manager at one of the
Kaiser facilities in Los Angeles and that I
should apply for it.
A few days later, I took his advice and
submitted my resume and was called for
an interview. Leaving was a difficult decision because I didn't have any healthcare
experience, and in general, I just wasn't
fond of being in hospitals after my dad
passed away. Long story short, I ended up
getting the job as a night environmental
services manager and I haven't looked back
since. Within three years I was promoted to
director of environmental services. In 2009
I was recruited by my current employer, Job
Options Inc., so I moved to San Diego to
take over as the hospitals division director.
In my new role, I oversaw environmental services for the Naval Medical Center,
San Diego, and the VA La Jolla. Two years
later, we acquired two additional Army hospitals contracts in Ft. Benning, Georgia,
and Ft. Irwin, California. Finally, most
recently in November of 2015 I was given
the opportunity to manage our Laundry
Division as well, and I was promoted to
VP of Healthcare and Laundry Operations.
Q. At what point did you decide to
become a member of AHE, and why
did you think membership would be
valuable to you?
I became an AHE member in 2007 when I
first was promoted to director of environmental services. Although I was a director, I believe I needed additional technical
knowledge to manage an operation with
excellence. I knew cleaning, but healthcare is so much more complex. I wanted
to be able to speak the same language as
the infection preventionists and ensure
that I could make sound decisions based
on concrete, evidence-based knowledge.
I thought joining AHE would be valuable
to me in achieving those goals.
Q. How has AHE supported you in your
AHE has supported me tremendously in
my professional efforts. It provided me
with so many tools and resources within
the education platform. Back then I paid
for the education! Currently, AHE offers
complimentary education to members
through a variety of learning methods
such as webinars, online courses and
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AHE’S INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE
FIGHTING ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANT BUGS AS PART OF THE TEAM
PREPARING FOR A CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY
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