ECUA Presents Sacred Heart Hospital “Protector of the Environment" Award

POE Award

On Tuesday, February 22, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) presented the “Protector of the Environment” (POE) Award to Sacred Heart Hospital’s cafeteria operations. This one of-a-kind initiative rewards local businesses and food service establishments (FSEs) that promote a positive safe working and clean eating environment through the ECUA’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) and Backflow Programs.

Ms. Carol Schmidt, president of Sacred Heart Hospital and chief operating officer of Sacred Heart Health System, along with Mike Smith, vice president of managed care and support services, and Mark Culp, director of hospitality services, accepted the award presented by ECUA Board Chairman, Mr. Elvin McCorvey, ECUA Executive Director, Stephen E. Sorrell, and ECUA Environmental Program Development Specialist, Gabriel Brown.

The POE Award recognizes organizations that train their employees on “best management practices,” participate in scheduled 90-day cleanliness inspections, have no FOG or  Backflow violations,  and no warnings within a one year period.

The ECUA FOG Program is designed to instruct FSEs on how to properly dispose of impurities such as fats, oils, and grease, and reduce the number of sewer pipe blockages, which are the leading cause of sewer overflows. The Backflow Program establishes a routine cross-connection control program to detect and prevent cross-connections that could potentially create an imminent and substantial danger to public health.