Winnie Richards has been named the 2013 recipient of the Hygiene Specialist Excellence award sponsored by UMF Corporation. The award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of Environmental Services — the first line of defense — in providing a safe patient environment and reducing healthcare-associated infections. ES managers nominate the housekeeper of their choice to receive the award. “Winnie Richards works in the UTMB Health Burn Unit and her diligence in helping to prevent infections is exemplary,” says UTMB Health ES director Jason Botkin in nominating Richards. “On several occasions, she has been publicly recognized for her role in helping to achieve zero HAI or nosocomial infection rates. Having Winnie receive the Hygiene Specialist Excellence award honors a dedicated individual who every day makes the extra effort in the name of patient safety. We’re very proud to have her as part of our team.”