Darrel Hicks is the author of Wiley Publishing’s “Infection Control For Dummies”, and is nationally recognized as one of the top experts in infection control. Currently, Darrel provides support and leadership to the 100+ staff members of the Environmental Services and Patient Transportation Departments of a major metropolitan hospital. The campus includes a 500-bed hospital and six medical office buildings and totals 1.2 million sq. ft.
Darrel started his career in the management of housekeeping services in 1981. He has worked in hospitals ranging in size from 20-500 beds, and knows what it takes to plan, set goals and provide guidance and consultation to the management team and department(s) staff. He has managed as many as 13 departments and 170 F.T.E.’s at one time in a 3-hospital system. In that healthcare system Darrel had to pioneer and discover ways to save money by cross training staff, job sharing, controlling overtime and putting a system of controls in place.
Darrel Hicks is also the immediate Past President of the IEHA (International Executive Housekeepers Association) and holds the title of Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH) through this organization of over 3,500 members.
Darrel is an active member in ASHES (American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services) and holds the designation of CHESP (Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional) through that great organization as well.