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Wayne Standlea

His laugh is memorable; his demeanor is cheerful; and his skills are many.

Wayne Standlea, a VCHS Housekeeper, has been a core member of the VCHS Environmental Services team for more than a year. Primarily responsible for cleaning the emergency room and ancillary service areas of the hospital, such as lab and surgical services, Wayne knows his work is about more than shiny floors and dust-free tables.  

“Keeping our building clean affects the hospital’s appearance and the attitude of people. People comment on how nice and comfortable our facility is and choose to come here for care, [so] I know the importance of upkeep – maintenance not just surface cleaning,” Wayne says.

That understanding is especially important in a healthcare environment because, from preventing patient infections to keeping staff healthy, housekeeping truly is about more than surface cleaning. It’s about protecting health and saving lives.

Wayne’s perspective and attitude come from his unique educational and work background. In college, he studied 2D/3D graphic design, and his career experiences have ranged from a portrait photography gig (taking photos in more than a dozen states west of the Mississippi River) to managing housekeeping services at a nearby nursing home to overseeing crews at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

“There’s always carryover from jobs. I’ve carried a work ethic over from my jobs, and [with an art and creative background,] I’ve always liked to find the psychology and relationships between things. How does this affect that? Why does this work that way?,” Wayne says.

A Nebraska Sandhills native, Wayne notes the friendliness and genuineness of people from the area, which is something he to carries over to his work at VCHS as well.

“Friendliness and attitude are key both at work and elsewhere, and I like to help keep everyone upbeat,” Wayne says.

Pictured: Wayne Standlea, Environmental Services Housekeeper