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Cheyenne VA Medical Center




This section has 4 major subgroups whose primary purpose is providing systems that keep the facilities operating properly:

1. Environmental Management Service cleans the facility and maintains batteries in soap and towel dispensers.  Problems should be  addressed to EMS at 7743 or 7038.

2. Biomedical Service maintains medical equipment and oversees maintenance contracts for medical equipment and medical gases.  This section also oversees multi-purpose copiers (NOT PRINTERS - see O.I.T.). This section can be reached at 7362.

3. Maintenance & Repair Shops includes qualified and/or licensed trades persons and technicians who keep the facility functioning.  They maintain the boiler plant, the electrical system, the heating, Ventilation and air conditioning system, the water supply system, the medical gas distribution system, the sanitary sewer system, the utility distribution system, the grounds, the road and parking system, the vehicle maintenance and reservation system, the key distribution system, the way-finding signage, and all interior and exterior finishes.

4. Engineering is the group that works to develop projects for facility improvement and upgrades, through the contracting process primarily.  The work includes long term planning, as well as coordination and oversight of projects. The requirements for FMS are detailed in Center Directive 00S-10-1 Environment of Care Management. 

Engineering and Maintenance and Repair staff work together to insure that employees have the fixtures, furniture and equipment (FFE) required to do their jobs in coordination with OI&T.  The process for requesting maintenance and repair work is contained in Policy Memo 138-12-03 (internal document).  The requirements of FMS are detailed in Center Directive 00S-10-1 Environment of Care Management. To request vehicles see Policy Memo 138-12-01 (internal document).  To request FFE see Policy Memo 138-09-01 (internal document). To request keys see Policy memo 138-08-08 (internal document).

In addition FMS has specialists who address Emergency Preparedness, Safety, and Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS).  Emergency Preparedness (EP) oversees the EP Committee, insures equipment supplies and systems are ready for use, and that staff is prepared to follow the activation plans I an emergency situation.  Safety oversees an overall system to protect staff, veterans and visitors and the Accident Review Board; oversees construction safety (CS) & the CS committee; Personal protective equipment provision, use and training; protection from fire  through design, materials, and training;  and establishes a culture that promotes safety.  The GEMS specialist oversees proper use and disposal of hazardous materials; compliance with environmental policies; and encourages a culture of sustainability; and conscientious, responsible energy usage.