University of Kansas Medical Center Receives Accreditation


Forest Hill, MD (November 2018) – The University of Kansas 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.

Manager of Landscape Services Eric Tow said, “This was an excellent exercise that allowed us to discover where we need to grow and the direction we need to take.” After receiving and reviewing the multi-page report from the PGMS Accreditation Evaluation team, Ronn Fowler, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management said, “The PGMS Accreditation Program has helped us gain insights that will allow us to improve processes, increase efficiencies, and enhance the overall beauty of our campus.”

“The level of preparation and contributions by the participants for this meeting made it apparent that the Landscape Services Department’s purpose and value was well understood, appreciated and supported throughout the Support Services unit. The presence and engagement by senior leadership was impressive and delivered a strong message about the commitment to and expectation for excellence in grounds management on the campus.”, Jackson said.

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.

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