FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: November 15, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was recognized as a top performer for reducing medical waste sent to landfills by SterilMed Inc., a Minnesota-based health care cost containment company. The medical center is 1 of only 2 facilities in New York state to receive the Best Practice for Environmental Excellence award and among the top 100 hospitals recognized nationwide.
The American Hospital Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for health care facilities to reduce medical waste, with a goal of 50 percent reduction in medical waste volume in 2010. Current waste levels in U.S. hospitals produce more than 6,000 tons of waste each day. Reprocessing diverts more than five million pounds of medical waste from landfills each year. Due to its reprocessing efforts over the past year, Good Samaritan has diverted nearly 54,000 devices from landfills, resulting in a reduction of more than 20,000 pounds of waste.
“The implementation of maximizing the life of single-use medical devices, surgical instruments, power tools, endoscopes and video equipment is a critical step in decreasing medical waste, thus saving the environment,” stated Kathleen March, RN, director of perioperative services at Good Samaritan Hospital. “This allows health care facilities to free up critical financial resources through better device and equipment utilization, while maintaining the highest levels of patient safety.”
For information on environmental-friendly practices at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides more than $54 million in community service and charity care each year. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.