Green efforts pay off for medical center in savings.
So far this year, Providence
Holy Cross Medical
Center has saved 2,391 trees and
diverted 17,608 cubic yards of waste from landfills, earning the Mission Hills
hospital kudos from the state of California.
The effort earned Providence Holy Cross the California Integrated
Waste Management Board’s 2008 WRAP – Waste Reduction Awards Program – honors. The
medical center was the only hospital in Southern California
to win the recognition and one of just six statewide.
“This is very difficult to do in a hospital because of the measures we must
take to control the spread of infection,” said John Ramirez, director of
facilities and support services. “There
are a lot of materials that cannot be recycled for that reason.”
Cross Medical Center
won the 2005 WRAP honor and each year the criteria have become more stringent.
“Green” policies such as recycling cardboard, plastic,
glass, paper and ink cartridges has paid off not only in reducing trash, but in
an $11,472 savings, primarily for trash disposal.
“We have a commitment, it seems, from every employee,”
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is guided by five core
values including “stewardship,” the value that drives this effort.
A 136-bed expansion under construction at the hospital will
be the first LEED-certified “green” hospital building in California – built to
nationally recognized standards set by Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design to ensure environmentally friendly design.