Woman's Hospital of Texas
November 22, 2021

Tara Bettis reacts to hearing her name called as a winner of the 2021 Cintas CAPE Award

HOUSTON, TX – The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is pleased to recognize Tara Bettis, a 20-year environmental services (EVS) technician, as one of ten winners of Cintas Corporation’s 2nd annual C.A.P.E. (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) Award.

The surprise announcement was made during a regularly scheduled monthly EVS department meeting.

Peters explained the award process and how ten frontline EVS technicians were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted from around the country and voted upon by a judging panel. Each winner receives a cash prize of $2,500, a $2,500 donation given in their honor to their facility and is gifted a Rubbermaid charging bucket along with other products.

Next, he shared that one of the winners worked at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, which is why he was at the facility. The excitement of everyone in the room was amplified when he announced Tara Bettis as the winner!

Stephen Peters, account manager for Cintas, presents Bettis with her $2,500 prize check.

“Tara is a very warm and gentle woman,” said Denine Temple, director of EVS at TWHT. “She is compassionate in everything she does when she is caring for the patients and her colleagues. She wants the best for everyone, and views the hospital as her second home and her colleagues here as her extended family.”

Temple noted that Bettis makes an impression on the patients she speaks with, and when they leave positive feedback about their experience, they always reference her by name. They talk about how much they really appreciate the time and care she takes with each of them.

Narmin Hemani, Asst. Administrator; Caroline Burris, COO; Dr. Cindy Celnik, CMO; Bettis; Elizabeth Ortega, CEO; Arnita Chatman, HR VP; Ann Russell, CNO; Blair Callaway, CFO and Denine Temple, EVS director.

“Tara has a gift for removing the anxiety out of the atmosphere and bringing an element of calmness and peacefulness in every situation,” Temple added. “The team loves being around her; she is a mentor and leader.”

"At a time when eliminating the spread of germs and the transmission of viruses could not be more important, our C.A.P.E. winners deserve to be recognized for their hard work," said Chad Poeppelmeier, Cintas Vice President of Healthcare. "We were thrilled to receive more than 800 stories of EVS technicians nationwide, each one dedicated to the crucial role of maintaining cleanliness to help make their facilities safer for healthcare workers, patients, residents and their families. We're excited to recognize their contributions with these awards."

For more information about The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, visit womanshospital.com.