Senior custodian Shashi Kant (in gray shirt, holding plaque) celebrates his C.A.P.E. Award with medical center leaders and EVS colleagues.

Out of 650 nominees from 500 hospitals all across the United States, UC Davis Health senior custodian Shashi Kant was one of eight Environmental Services technicians selected as winners of Cintas’ first annual C.A.P.E. (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) Awards.

Cintas – which provides cleaning, safety and corporate identity products and services – launched the C.A.P.E. program to recognize the EVS “superheroes” around the country who, during this pandemic, are more vital than ever in protecting health care professionals, patients and the public.

It’s a role that Kant, who has been with UC Davis for more than 28 years, takes very seriously. He said he’s proud to bring his work ethic to the hospital, day after day, shift after shift.

Kant has proudly served our community for more than 28 years.

“We are all front-line workers, from every area of the hospital,” explained Kant, who has worked in a variety of areas in the hospital but is currently assigned to the NICU. “You name it – nurses, doctors, therapists, respiratory techs, janitors…we try to do our best for our patients.”

Kant’s contributions – and his C.A.P.E. Award – were celebrated during an award presentation today (Nov. 12), with hospital leaders, managers and co-workers in attendance.

“Shashi Kant is the kind of person everyone wants to be around, every manager wants as an employee and every person who he encounters leaves feeling like they’ve made a new friend; his dedication to his work and the impact his pure presence has made in the hospital over the last 28 years cannot be summed up in words,” said EVS operations supervisor Julianna Moore, who called Shashi “a positive and self-motivated individual who puts his patients and peers first.”

One of Kant’s award nominators wrote that he embodies “honesty, integrity and efficient performance” and is “the epitome of all that is good in his organization.” Another colleague wrote that Kant is a “walking encyclopedia of knowledge” who “loves to share his knowledge with his co-workers.” And Kant’s supervisor, Jorge Salinas, expressed his gratitude for Kant’s upbeat attitude and dedication to service.

“Shashi Kant is a hard-working individual,” Salinas said, “and is always willing to help in other areas or help another co-worker.”

That generous spirit of sharing with his colleagues extended to the C.A.P.E. Award. Kant, the only recipient in the entire state, said he is humbled to represent the region, the hospital and the EVS team.

“I’m representing the capital of California – it’s a big thing,” he said. “It’s recognizing UC Davis Medical Center – and Shashi Kant.