May 24, 2013
Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the “Partner Recognition” Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading healthcare membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The Award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.
“This Award applauds organizations that are just beginning their journey in environmental stewardship,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. “Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s commitment to sustainability firmly places them on the path of sustainability for the future of healthcare.”
The Partner Recognition Award is for healthcare facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements, have achieved some progress, and have at least a ten percent recycling rate for their total waste stream.
As evidenced in a recent Health Care Research Collaborative study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” introducing environmental sustainability measures in hospitals not only results in significant savings, it won’t increase operating costs. The implications are clear — given the return on investment, all hospitals should adopt and expand their sustainability programs.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point received certificates of achievement in both “Less Waste” and “Smarter Purchasing.
“Protecting the health of our patients, staff and community is our priority,” said Glen Baker, Director of Environmental Services, Sustainability Coordinator and Co-Safety Officer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.>“Practice Greenhealth’s recognition with this award is confirmation that we are doing all we can to accomplish that and secure the future of the environment.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston, MA, April 25 at CleanMed, THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability.