Cincinnati director receives regional engineering award

(CINCINNATI; November 10, 2015) – The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association recently recognized Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati’s Director, General Services, Safety & Risk, Jo Ellen McCarthy, CHEP, with the Emerging Regional Leader Award.

Jo Ellen McCarthy

The Emerging Regional Leader award recognizes people for their contributions to the fields of health care engineering and facilities management. Ten exceptional individuals, one from each ASHE region, are chosen for their exemplary leadership skills and their commitment to the field of health care facility management through their local and/or national involvement with ASHE.

“Jo Ellen McCarthy is an exceptional person who plays an extremely important role in our hospital and our community. She is a true mentor and leader,” said Mark Shugarman, Hospital Administrator for Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati. “She deserved this award and we couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments.”

McCarthy has worked for Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati since 1985. During her time at Shriners she has served in many roles. In her current role she oversees Food Services, Plant and Facilities, Environment Services, Security, Biomed and Chemical Hygiene. She is also the Safety Officer and the 2015 President of Tri-State Society for Healthcare Engineers.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

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