Green Facts About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan annually conducts an Office Swap where unwanted office supplies are collected and then re-distributed to other departments in need of these same materials.

Used linen materials from our facility are donated to the SPCA for use during spaying and neutering procedures for dogs.

Our facility regularly conducts scrub drives where used scrubs are collected and donated to low income individuals who are entering their first jobs in healthcare.

The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital pharmacy takes an extra step for separating pharmaceuticals during disposal. This extra effort ensures that EPA-regulated pharmaceuticals are destroyed using a separate process so that potentially harmful substances don't make their way into the public water system.

By properly disposing of waste in our cafeteria, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital annually sends over 40 tons of composting material to a nearby facility where it is processed as fertile soil for a new generation of food crops and flowers.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital recycles approximately 25% of its total waste, which makes it a leader among healthcare facilities that recycle in the Baltimore region.

Recognized by the Maryland Hospital Association for our commitment to environmentally safe practices as part of the "Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment" movement.

Established and implemented a Mercury-free Purchasing Policy

Decreased use of harmful cleaning or sterilization chemicals and implemented Green Cleaning Plan

Signed the Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge, through which MedStar Good Samaritan commits to providing nutritious food to customers and employees, modeling good eating practices, and sending an important signal to the marketplace about interest in local and sustainable food

Began using some biodegradable products in food service

Increased energy and water use efficiency in our facilities.

Instituted a reusable container disposal system for sharps such as needles

Implemented a pharmaceutical waste management system to keep potentially hazardous medicines out of landfills and the water supply

Renovated our loading dock to accommodate increased separation for waste and recyclables. By rearranging the dock into 5 separate zones for different types of waste and recyclables, we've been able to increase the organization, quality, and volume of our recyclables in the hospital.

Recycled 1,465 pounds of operating room packing [such as blue wrap] and sent them to our eCycle vendor for processing.

Started composting lint from our laundry. We now collect an average of 35 pounds of lint each week.