Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Landscape Management Honored with Prestigious PGMS Accreditation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was granted a 3-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), it was announced by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM.

Associate Director of Facilities Operations Terry Kreiser developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the school. He explained his inspiration to apply for the accreditation was to provide recognition to his grounds team and to determine how well they are doing in the industry. “We wanted to gain some assurance that we were doing the right things and meeting or exceeding industry best practices. We also wanted to learn what we may not doing right, and ways that we might improve our current practices,” he said. After receiving and reviewing the multi-page report from the PGMS Accreditation Evaluation team, Terry plans to create a much more detailed and organized Grounds Management Plan and make more of an effort to communicate their projects/efforts to the organization and surrounding community.

The Accreditation recognizes the Medical Center’s forward thinking approach to seeking and setting standards and expectations, as demonstrated with their Campus Tree Inventory, Forest Management Plan, Native Planting and Maintenance Strategies, Campus Stormwater Study, and the Landscape Master Plan. It also recognized the institution’s sustainable maintenance activities, which include reforestation, planting of native materials, composting, pervious pavements, rain gardens, green roof gardens, and the use of battery and electric equipment and vehicles.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program is a dynamic evaluation tool designed to be used by facilities and organizations that have a landscape services or grounds component. Through peer expertise, the program evaluates strategic grounds management principles and practices that produce and guide the delivery of properties to an attractive, healthy, sustainable and high quality state, states PGMS. The accreditation focuses on three categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibilities. The program has four levels of accreditation (1, 2, 3 and 4–star.) It is designed to not only recognize excellence but to provide a means by which facilities can measure growth and improvements in meeting the goals of best practices.

For more information on the accreditation program please visit http://pgms.org/accreditation/.

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