Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz of Hillcrest Commons Wins C.A.P.E. Award

PITTSFIELD — Hillcrest Commons Facility Manager Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz and her team were recognized by Cintas Corp. with the C.A.P.E. (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) Award.

She was one of only eight recipients chosen from nearly 700 stories submitted about deserving environmental-services (EVS) technicians from facilities across the country. Each contest award winner was given $2,500, and another $2,500 donation was made to the nonprofit organization or charity of their choice. Szymczakiewicz is donating the winnings back to Hillcrest Commons to invest in needed equipment.

The award program was created to celebrate EVS technicians who don masks and gloves, instead of capes, to work on the front line of patient care while displaying kindness and courage in everything they do.

“Elzbieta and her team are a vital part of our facility and our war against a virus that could be devastating to our population,” said Rosalee Lampro, assistant administrator at Hillcrest Commons. “Her commitment to excellence has played a huge part in helping to be on the winning side of that war so far, and we are grateful that she is part of the Hillcrest Commons team.”