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MEET A CHESP
AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY INGRAM, CHFM, CHSP, CHC, CHESP
Larry Ingram has served in the environmental services industry since 1974 and eventually moved into the health care sector in 1987.
Having been through 10 Joint Commission Surveys, he knows compliance and believes that environmental services is one of the most
important departments in a health care facility. Ingram is the husband to Diana, and they have seven children, 12 grandchildren, and
he's soon to be a great-grandfather for the very first time.
How long have you been a member of AHE, and
when did you become CHESP-certified?
AHE and I go back to 2001-long before the name change. I've
been CHESP certified since 2008 when I took advantage of a vendor
scholarship. It was a great opportunity, and I was privileged to be able
to use the scholarship.
What prompted or interested you in
Having been "certified" in other AHA programs, I was aware of the
CHESP but my job duties were focused more in other directions. As is
the case in health care, there was a refocus in environmental services
in our organization, and I felt that this certification would help me to
better lead this vital service.
How did you prepare for certification? What was the
hardest aspect in preparing to take the exam?
I ordered the study guide from AHE and also looked at the suggested
materials in the guide. Because my job focus had been in other areas, I
had to adjust my attention to the current issues and refresh my mind
to the technical aspects. This made taking the exam somewhat tense.
What was your experience like in taking the exam?
I have taken similar pencil/paper exams at conferences,
but I was going to take this one at a computer testing center. I was a
little apprehensive about that, but once I was seated and started the
exam my nervousness settled down. I do remember sitting in the car
outside the testing center going over my notes and the exam guide.
How did you feel after passing the exam and
learning about your newly acquired certification?
Truthfully, my first reaction was relief. Having been in the industry
for decades I wasn't as sure of myself. Acquiring the CHESP gave me
back confidence I had somehow lost over the years.
How has CHESP certification positively affected you
and your role in your organization?
With renewed confidence I have been able to lead the environmental services department into many areas of improvement through
quality and changed procedures. I became more interested in AHE
and the education opportunities offered and began working on
How has CHESP certification affected your career
and long-term career goals and path?
Although I am heading toward the retirement years, this certification encouraged me to push others in the direction of certification.
Those of us who are CHESP-certified should help perpetuate the
professionalism of our industry and work with those starting their
careers to become certified.
What would you tell others who are considering
pursuing certification? How should they best
Do it. The confidence and knowledge gained is well worth the
effort. It will help you in your current situation and in your future
There is nothing better to prepare you than experience. Don't go
through the motions but take every opportunity to learn while on
the job. Dig down into the technical aspects of the process of stripping and coating in floors. Understand how the chemicals react and
interact with each other. Take the online seminars offered by AHE, go
to the conferences, attend local chapter meetings.
What do you see in the future regarding certification
for environmental services leaders?
What's the very best thing about being a certified
Everyone knows that our world is filled with information. If you
don't stay on top of your situation, someone else will take your place.
The more you know, the better you're situated to stay "on top of your
game." Becoming CHESP certified will help environmental services
leaders lead their teams into the future.
For me it was a great personal encouragement becoming certified.
Of course, this overflows into your personal life as well. Displaying my
certificate in my office has led others to ask me about CHESP and it
allows me to open the door to discussion about AHE. I am proud to be
a member of AHE and be CHESP-certified. I would encourage everyone
who is eligible to consider making this part of their life.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Fall 2015
Message from the AHE President Go Big in Grapevine
EXCHANGE 2015 Ensuring All Health Care Environments Contribute to Quality Outcomes and Healthy Communities
Maximize Your Time in Grapevine 10 Tips to Amplify Learning Potential at EXCHANGE 2015
Deploying a TeamSTEPPS® Approach to Fighting HAIs Caveats for Sustainable Success
Labor vs. New Technology Can a Robot Process a Hospital Room as Completely as a Human?
The Art and Love of Caring A Letter to Environmental Services
Floor-Savviness for Environmental Services How to Maximize Effectiveness While Minimizing Downtime
Creating a Connection Culture The Three Life-Giving Elements of Vision, Value, and Voice
You Don’t Have to Learn the Hard Way Networking and Sharing a Wealth of Knowledge
Meet a CHESP Perpetuating the Professionalism of Our Industry
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