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WVSOM receives Clean Air Award.

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) received a 2009 Clean Air Award from the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) this week.

Chris Aliff of American Filter Services in Summersville, WV presented the award to WVSOM president Richard Rafes, J.D., Ph.D., during a ceremony on campus. The award is one of 24 presented by NAFA in 2009, and the only one awarded in West Virginia.

NAFA recognized WVSOM for taking steps to significantly improve the quality of its indoor air. Aliff worked with school officials over the course of several years improving air filters, fittings, and other equipment. WVSOM also implemented a training program for its staff and established a schedule to change filters based on their type and useful life.

"The result has been significantly cleaner air and a healthier indoor environment through an improved air filtration system," said Aliff, noting that the recyclable products used by WVSOM and the resulting energy efficiency are also good for the environment.

"I commend [facilities manger] Gary Cochran and [trades worker] Kevin Williams for their work on this project," said President Rafes. "Being a medical school, we should have air that is as clean as possible."

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Title Annotation:NEWS: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Publication:West Virginia Medical Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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