Cintas Announces EVS Technician Winners for Nationwide C.A.P.E. Award

In honor of Environmental Services (EVS) week, September 13-19, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) is proud to announce the winners for its first-annual nationwide C.A.P.E. Award (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience). Created to recognize EVS technicians as superheroes, the contest awards each winner $2,500 and offers a $2,500 donation on their behalf to their healthcare institution or charity of choice. The winners also receive a Rubbermaid® charging bucket along with other Rubbermaid products.

“We received nearly 700 stories about deserving EVS technicians from facilities across the country, which made it difficult to select only eight winners,” said Chad Poeppelmeier, Vice President of Healthcare, Cintas. “We created this awards program to celebrate EVS technicians who don masks and gloves, instead of capes, to work on the frontline of patient care while displaying kindness and courage in everything they do. We’re thrilled to recognize these unsung heroes who go above and beyond to provide a clean and safe environment for all staff, patients and visitors at healthcare facilities.”

The Cintas C.A.P.E. Award is open to all EVS technicians who have worked at their facility for at least one year. Nominations were solicited via the C.A.P.E. Award website between June 22, 2020 and August 21, 2020.

The 2020 C.A.P.E. Award winners can all be described as highly motivated, energetic and reliable, with the ability to adapt to meet changing needs. Each of these kindhearted and caring winners works hard to support the clinical staff and other teams. Additionally, the winners worked diligently to quickly learn and adopt stringent COVID-19-specific cleaning protocols and guidelines to help maintain the safety of patients and staff at their facilities. The winners include (alphabetical order):

  • Catalina Brennan - Baptist Hospital (Pensacola, FL)
  • Latoshia Ford - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Shashi Kant – UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, CA)
  • Lourdes Melo – Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center (Peabody, MA)
  • Lucia Minario - HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast (Pasadena, TX)
  • Tammy Smith – Kettering Medical Center (Kettering, OH)
  • Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz - Hillcrest Commons (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Peggy Weaver - Brandon Regional Hospital (Brandon, FL)

“We are proud to partner with Cintas to shine a spotlight on these individuals and the invaluable work they perform,” said Marta Aebischer, VP Marketing, Rubbermaid Commercial Products. “Every day, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, EVS technicians play a vital role in helping to keep everyone safe through proper cleaning and disinfecting.”

For more information regarding the Cintas C.A.P.E. Award, please contact Christina Alvarez at

About Cintas Corporation:

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.


Christina Alvarez
Mulberry Marketing Communications

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