Receives both the Partner for Change and Making Medicine Mercury-Free Awards
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center was recently honored by Practice Greenhealth, a leading healthcare organization dedicated to healthcare sustainability, for its environmental achievements. The hospital brought home two awards from the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards, which were presented May 19 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.
MedStar Montgomery received the “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award in recognition of its efforts to continuously improve and expand upon its 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, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.
The hospital was also recognized for virtually eliminating mercury in its facilities with the “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” Award. This award is presented to organizations that have proven policies in place to rid their facilities of mercury, one of the most hazardous chemicals, and to prevent it from re-entering their facilities. Award criteria include mercury-free management and purchasing policies and staff education.
“MedStar Montgomery is committed to improving the health of our patients, staff, and community as a whole,” said Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, president of MedStar Montgomery. “We take pride in our efforts to integrate more sustainable practices into our day-to-day practices and lessen our impact on the environment. We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to encourage others in the healthcare industry to be more environmentally friendly.”
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.