Anchorage, AK - Alaska Regional Hospital was presented with the 2014 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization for hospitals and health systems committed to environmentally responsible operations and care. The award is one of the organization's Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. This is the second year that Alaska Regional has achieved this honor.
“We take pride in our ongoing sustainability efforts to lessen our impact on the environment, and this award is a testament to the efforts of our staff and physicians,” said Alaska Regional Hospital's on-site Project Manager, Diane Landry, Waste Management. As a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award winner, Alaska Regional Hospital is committed to improving the health of its patients, staff, and community as a whole.
Throughout 2013, Alaska Regional Hospital made the following sustainability improvements: achieved a 15% recycling rate of total waste through the collection of cardboard, confidential documents, kitchen grease, batteries, electronics, and fluorescent light bulbs; reduced the amount of regulated medical waste from the previous year; implemented a pharmaceutical waste program; and developed successful pollution prevention programs in other areas of the facility.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.