Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital is the recipient of this year’s “Greening the OR Recognition Award” and “Greenhealth Partner for Change Award” from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The awards will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala on May 18 in Minneapolis.
The awards are two of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greening the OR Recognition Award recognizes facilities demonstrating success in reducing the environmental impact of their surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements.
In 2016, Northridge Hospital committed to sterilization (blue) wrap recycling and diverted from the landfill approximately 7,155 pounds or 20,750 pieces of sterilization wrap. The hospital also utilizes reusable hard cases (50 percent) for sterilization of surgical instrumentation and reduction of disposable sterile wrap.
By utilizing single-use device reprocessing, the hospital’s green savings included 6,543 pounds of devices collected; $1,872 avoided waste disposal costs; and a $294,498 reprocessing purchase savings. Greening the OR Total Savings amounted to 3.843 tons of avoided waste.
The other award, Greenhealth Partner for Change, is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination. They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.
In Fiscal Year 2016, Northridge Hospital recycled 574 tons of paper and cardboard. This recycling resulted in saving these resources: 9,760 trees; 4,018,875 gallons of water; 34,448 pounds of air pollution; 2,353,913 kilowatts of power; 1,722 cubic feet of landfill space; and 57,413 gallons of gas.
“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Saliba H. Salo, President/CEO, Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital. “We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to make our practices even more sustainable.”
Dignity Health has been focused on sustainability for more than 20 years and is recognized for its efforts to reduce waste and implement pollution prevention programs
In 2005, Dignity Health became the first health care organization of its size to use IV bags, solutions, and tubing that are free of PVC and DEHP. The health system has pledged to increase its use of renewable energy to 35 percent and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 – a goal that the organization is already on track to surpass.