Metro Receives Environmental Award

July 16, 2007
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For the second time, Metro Health Hospital has been honored with an award recognizing its efforts to reduce waste and prevent pollution. The Grand Rapids hospital received the H2E Partners for Change Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment for its “remarkable achievements in improving environmental performance.”

“By reducing its environmental impact, Metro Health is playing a pioneering role in health care’s shift toward protecting public health,” said Laura Brannen, executive director of H2E, an independent, not-for-profit organization focused on improving health care’s environmental performance.

Metro Health Hospital has reduced its overall waste by 38 tons since 2004 and has initiated a program to reduce its medical waste by 7.8 tons. The hospital has implemented a program of non-invasive medical equipment recycling, initiated the use of reusable instrument containers, and transitioned to more environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals.

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