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EMERALD COAST UTILITIES AUTHORITY PRESENTS WEST FLORIDA HOSPITAL “PROTECTOR of the ENVIRONMENT” AWARD
10/10/2011

POE Award Left to Right: Michael Voizin, West Florida Hospital's director of food and nutritional services, accepts the POE Award from ECUA Board Chairman Elvin McCorvey, and ECUA Environmental Program Development Specialist, Gabriel Brown.

 

On Thursday, September 29, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) presented the “Protector of the Environment” (POE) Award to West Florida Hospital’s cafeteria operations. This one of-a-kind initiative rewards local businesses and food service establishments that promote a positive safe working and clean eating environment through the ECUA’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) and Backflow Programs.

“West Florida Healthcare is pleased to accept this award from the ECUA,” said Michael Voizin, director of food and nutritional services.  “The cleanliness and efficiency of our food service operations is of vital importance to us as we continue to focus on our primary goal of taking care of the nutritional needs of our patients.” The POE award was presented by ECUA Board Chairman, Mr. Elvin McCorvey 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.