MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Named Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center was awarded the 2014 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth...
June 13, 2014
Formally Acknowledged for Environmentally Preferable Practices
(Olney, MD) MedStar Montgomery Medical Center was awarded the 2014 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this Award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center’s green team has made a strong effort to include associates and the community in its sustainability agenda by doing so, the hospital has been able to increase its recycling by 16% from 2012 to 2013 and decreased medical waste by 2.6% from 2012 to 2013.
Some of the other accomplishments made by the organization in the last year include the signing of the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, the implementation of a meatless option on Monday’s and a re-started wellness entrée on Wednesdays. Additionally, MedStar Montgomery hosted 10 food related events which included Earth Day (2 events), National Nutrition Month (4 events), Tomato Plant Giveaway, Herb Plant Giveaway, Buy Local Week, and Food Day. More than 1,500 associates and visitors attended, and 2000 vegetable and herb plants were given away to promote food gardening.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition for MedStar Montgomery. This achievement results from the hard work of our Sustainability team and our associates who are engaged in these efforts on a daily basis,” says Kevin Mell, Vice President Operations.
As a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award winner, MedStar Montgomery is committed to improving the health of their patients, staff, and community as a whole.
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented June 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is 156 bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. As a proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology. For more information about the hospital, contact Gina Cook, marketing and communications manager, at 301-774-8774 or [email protected].
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.
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