Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital earns "green" award

The Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Employee Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Team has received the 2011 Social Stewardship Award from Health Trust Purchasing Group.

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, which is Ministry Health Care’s Supply Chain purchasing group, is a national group purchasing organization supporting nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites.

The award is given to members who have demonstrated a commitment to conservation and preservation of the health car environment.

The hospital’s Stewardship Team, which started in 2007, strives to achieve change that ultimately leads to an increase in efficiency and cost savings to the hospital, while leaving a better environment for future generations. The group numbers 33 employees from various areas throughout the hospital.

One of the ways the Team promotes environmental achievements of individuals and departments throughout the hospital is by awarding an “apple trophy” in the hope that spreading the word will inspire others to also achieve environmental responsibility. Eleven “apples” have been awarded to date.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Conducting two electronics waste collections, keeping 8.6 tons of electronic waste out of the landfill.
  • Numerous collections of mercury thermometers in exchange for digital ones.
  • Maintaining an ESI blog on the hospital’s intranet.
  • Educational displays in the hospital cafeteria, the Central Wisconsin State Fair and various local and area health fairs and expos.
  • Serving as a resource for staff to share ideas and ask questions.

Presently, the hospital recycles/reuses 36 percent of its wastes, which include electronics, parts washers, construction and demolition materials, mixed paper and polypropylene, lamps and ballasts, cardboard, batteries and coffee grounds. Leftover food is either donated to local food pantries or given to a local pig farmer. Outdated or older equipment are donated to other non-profit groups or missions.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Team at HealthTrust’s annual conference inNashville,Tenn., were Wayne Pattengill, director of environmental services and central transport, and Julie Schafer, environmental department secretary. Both are team co-chairs.

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