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Environmental services is
a profession in which one
never knows everything
processes, and research is
By John Scherberger, BS, FAHE, CHESP, REH
A Journey, Not a Destination
I have worked for and been awarded the distinguished title of Fellow of the AHE (FAHE). The plaque
states that I have "...successfully fulfilled the requirements for the Actions for Professional Excellence
program and [am] hereby privileged to be a Fellow of the Association for the Healthcare Environment
of the American Hospital Association." This is a true honor and, for me, a great responsibility.
"Job well done." "Pat yourself on the back." "You've arrived at the pinnacle of your career." Absolutely,
I can't go any higher, I've arrived. Right!
With well-intended accolades such as those and if I start believing such bravado, I won't be at the
pinnacle for long; I'll be falling off into the void of self-aggrandizement and insignificance and irrelevance. Because a professional never truly arrives and must never take oneself too seriously or one
will begin to believe the praises and delude oneself.
Environmental services is a profession in which one never knows everything because technology,
infection prevention, processes, and research are always advancing. Just as physicians continue to
"practice" medicine and attorneys continue to "practice" law, environmental services professionals must
continue to "practice" their profession.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Fall 2016
Message From the AHE President
Healthcare Field Rises to Challenge as Environment Changes
We Are Environmental Services
What Are Healthcare Restrooms Telling Us?
Meet a T-Chest
The FAHE Journey
EXPLORE - Fall 2016