|Jim Dunlop, Catholic Health's executive vice president of Finance, presents the Healthy Hospital Award from Ascent to Kathleen Guarino, Mercy Hospital's vice president of Patient Care Services.|
The "Healthy Hospital" designation is reserved for hospitals that demonstrate outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of healthcare delivery and improve overall hospital quality through medical device remanufacturing and reprocessing.
In 2010, Mercy Hospital led Catholic Health with $227,533 in device savings and 2,623 pounds of waste diverted from landfills.
Overall, Catholic Health’s reprocessing program through Ascent reduced its supply costs by $334,347. At the same time, using remanufactured and reprocessed medical devices has reduced the system-wide medical waste by 5,369 pounds.
“We introduced the Ascent reprocessing program in 2010 as both a ‘go green’
and cost savings initiative and are extremely pleased with its first-year results,” said Jim Dunlop, Catholic Health’s executive vice president of Finance, who presented the award to Mercy Hospital at the recent Catholic Health Management Meeting.
“We would especially like to recognize the exceptional efforts of Kathleen Guarino, Mercy’s vice president of Patient Care Services, the Mercy Medical Staff, Surgical Services team, and others at Mercy Hospital who embraced this new program and demonstrated our commitment to a healthy and sustainable future.”
Hospitals and hospital networks across the nation are pursuing initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of healthcare delivery. Among these initiatives, reprocessing and remanufacturing single-use devices stands out as an environmental practice that not only radically reduces the amount of medical waste, but also frees significant resources for the hospital – all without capital investment.
“In today’s healthcare environment, we need more leaders like Catholic Health that are implementing innovative supply chain strategies to reduce costs and optimize resources in order to support quality care,” said Rick Ferreira, president of Ascent, a Stryker Sustainability Solution.
Catholic Health is in the distinguished company of other leading hospitals that are implementing reprocessing programs. In fact, reprocessing programs are currently employed by all of the U.S. News & World Report “Honor Roll” hospitals – or the top 14 institutions nationwide.