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Environmental Health, Safety Director Receives Rogers Award

Environmental Health, Safety Director Receives Rogers Award
M. D. Anderson News Release 12/17/02

For her success in devising and implementing innovative and environmentally conscious safety programs for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Linda D. Lee, chief safety officer and executive director of environmental health and safety, has been awarded the 2002 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence.

Regina Rogers established the Rogers Award in 1987 in honor of her parents. Ben and Julie Rogers were generous supporters of M. D. Anderson for more than four decades, not only giving monetarily, but donating much time in service to the institution as well. Ben Rogers maintained Life Membership on M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors for 21 years, until his death in 1994. Daughter Regina is the second generation of the Rogers family to serve on the M. D. Anderson Board of Visitors.

The Rogers Award was created to recognize an exceptional employee who consistently demonstrates excellence in his or her work and dedication to M. D. Anderson's mission of eliminating cancer. The award is rotated annually among the areas of patient care, research, education, cancer prevention and administration. A certificate of merit and $10,000 are presented to the recipient.

With almost 25 years of experience in environmental health and safety, Lee's career spans environmental health, industrial hygiene and regulatory affairs. She has been with M. D. Anderson since March 1999. Lee is a candidate for a doctorate in public health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, has a master's degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Health Science from Indiana State University.

Among her accomplishments is her leadership in M. D. Anderson's ISO 14001 designation - an international distinction that recognizes the organization's environmental management system. The certification was established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1996, and is the internationally recognized body for promoting standardizations of trade, technology and economic activity management. The ISO certification review gave M. D. Anderson high marks for programs and standards in chemical storage, hazardous wastes, recycling, indoor air quality and energy management.

"Every employee at M. D. Anderson wants to do a great job - we want to create a work environment that enables them to do that. There's not one employee or patient who is not affected by us on a daily basis," says Lee, "I've got a great team. Every person in my department is working on a project that enables him or her to say, 'This is what I did today to make cancer history.'"

While Lee works every day on environmental issues, she works equally hard to create an environment of commitment, dedication and excellence among her team. "We try very hard to meet our customer's needs, and our customer is everyone at M. D. Anderson," says Lee. "We find out how we can do it, not how we can't."


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