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Friday, May 17, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center Wins Environmental Excellence Awards

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836

Westminster, Md. – (May 17, 2013)— Carroll Hospital Center’s environmentally safe initiatives have been given national recognition after the hospital received two Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards — the 2013 Partner for Change Award and the 2013 Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award. The national awards are given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

The Practice Greenhealth Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have demonstrated a commitment to continuing to be mercury-free. Award criteria include mercury-free management and purchasing policies, and staff education.

“We take pride in developing programs to improve the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Robert White, vice president of operations at Carroll Hospital Center.  “Our hospital looks forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to further our sustainability efforts and lessen our impact on the environment.”

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care.

Carroll Hospital Center is committed to promoting a greener environment for patients, families, physicians, associates and visitors. The hospital has achieved this through creative and innovative initiatives developed and implemented by members of the hospital’s Green Team.

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

Photo caption: Members of Carroll Hospital Center's Green Team. From left to right starting with the front row are: Helen Kreit, supply chain management manager; Colleen Duerr, R.N., B.S.N., IMC clinical manager; Tammy Cicchero, laboratory manager; Kate Painter, R.N., B.S., C.A.P.A., surgical services executive director; and John Miller, safety and security manager. Back row: Alison Manger-Weikel, clinical nutrition manager; Phyllis Bigham, central supply manager; Flandreal Rich, environmental services manager; and Chris Kelly, campus service director.