Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has been recognized for its efforts to eliminate mercury from the products it uses by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was presented with the 2016 “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” Award, which designates that proven policies have been put in place to rid the facility of one of the most hazardous chemicals—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.
“We audited the hospital to ensure we had no mercury-containing devices. Many of the thermometers or sphygmomanometers, (old blood pressure cuffs) used in the past by hospitals contained mercury, and we worked diligently to get rid of the them at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s,” said Kent Miller, Director, Environmental Services.
The germ-zapping Xenex robots introduced to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in the summer of 2014 were especially selected by hospital leadership, as they contain no mercury or hydrogen peroxide, and stand as the only “green” technology used in automated room disinfection.
“Eliminating mercury in our daily work environment protects both our patients and staff,” said Miller. “We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to build on this important work to integrate more sustainable methods into our day-to-day practices.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented May 19 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
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