Kenmore Mercy Hospital Recognized for National Healthcare Environmental Award

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May 6, 2013

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has received the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, recognizing the hospital for its commitment to environmental practices and sustainability. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. 

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston, Mass., on April 25 held in conjunction with CleanMed, the global conference for environmental leaders in health care.

“This award applauds organizations that are protecting patient, staff and community health, as well as the environment,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s commitment to sustainability firmly places them on the path of leadership for the future of health care.”

28% of Kenmore Mercy's Waste Recycled in 2012

Kenmore Mercy's commitment to environmental stewardship is an integral part of its mission. The organization recycled over 28 percent of its total waste, which represents 528 tons of waste diverted, in 2012.

“We are proud to be an environmentally responsible hospital as we continue developing  programs to improve the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Kathy McAlpine, chairwoman of the Go Green Committee and manager of Food Services. 

Some of Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s ongoing green programs include:

  • A robust recycling program that includes cardboard, paper, plastics, and batteries.  Many of the hospital’s single use medical devices are reprocessed. 
  • Elimination of bottled water and Styrofoam from facility.
  • Implementation of Meatless Mondays which reduced of the use of red meat and increased vegetarian options on the cafeteria menu.
  • Collaboration with local compost facility to use cafeteria food waste.
  • Recycling of outdated/end of life X-ray and MRI films containing silver.

Sustainable health care that’s good for the environment, good for patients and staff, and good for the bottom line means action plans to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle solid waste, reduce regulated and chemical waste, reduce energy and water consumption, create healing environments and establish green purchasing policies.