MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in health care.

June 25, 2014

greenhealth-newsBaltimore—(June 25, 2014)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2014 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, 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, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2013 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts with the implementation of the Xenex robotic disinfection system. Using pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light to clean all patient rooms, emergency rooms and surgical suites, the machine eliminates the use of chemical residue as a result of cleaning. In addition, the hospital has adopted several green cleaning methods including reusable microfiber mops. Using only 1/7th of the amount of chemicals and water absorbed by a normal mop, the reusable microfiber mops are estimated to save 65,640 gallons of water annually.
  • MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor has cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,700,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have teamed up, making a strong effort to include associates and the community in their sustainability agenda. Through a partnership with The Arc Baltimore, hospital associates segregated and sent electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities, employed by the organization. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In 2013, the hospitals collectively have sent nearly 13,808 pounds of material, including desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and scanners, to The Arc.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of food. New this year, the “Circles of Excellence” acknowledges the highest scoring facilities in each category of the “Partner for Change” award. In addition to its efforts in food procurement, as well as food waste reduction and composting, MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized for its weekly produce stand and on-site associate and community garden.

MedStar Union Memorial received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on June 5 in Cleveland, OH.

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (medstargoodsam.org) is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health (medstarhealth.org), a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

About MedStar Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year.medstarhealth.org

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award)and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

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