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4/29/2013 11:30:00 AM St. Mary's Hospital wins two awards
STREATOR — As a result of their sustainability efforts, St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator has been honored with two national awards, Partner for Change and Mercury-Free Commitment, given by Practice Greenhealth, a national health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The 2013 Partner for Change Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. The 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 the 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. St. Mary’s Hospital also has been recognized for its efforts to eliminate mercury from the products it uses by PracticeGreenhealth. St. Mary’s was presented with the 2013 Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award, which designates that proven policies have been put in place to rid the facility of the harmful chemical mercury and to prevent it from re-entering the facility. The Practice Greenhealth Making Medicine Mercury-Free award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free. Award criteria include mercury-free management and purchasing policies, and staff education. The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston, Mass., at CleanMed, a national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
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