May 23rd, 2008

Great River Medical Center received a Partner for Change Award Wednesday, May 20, from Practice Greenhealth. The award recognizes health-care facilities for reducing waste and pollution, and eliminating mercury. In 2007, the medical center received the organization’s Making Medicine Mercury-free Award.

It is estimated that hospitals create 15 pounds of waste per patient every day. In 2007, Great River Medical Center recycled 250,000 pounds of waste – nearly 20 percent of the total waste produced. The 2008 goal is 25 percent. The medical center recycles batteries, cardboard, light bulbs, magazines, monitors, newspapers, paper, plastic, tin cans and wood pallets.

The Practice Greenhealth Awards were presented in Pittsburgh during CleanMed 2008, a global conference for environmental leaders in health care. Practice Greenhealth is the result of the merger of two organizations – Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and the Green Guide for Health Care.