River Falls Area Hospital was honored for its efforts to reduce mercury and as an environmental partner by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.
River Falls Area Hospital was honored with the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award, which designates exceptional efforts to rid the health care sector of the harmful chemical mercury, commonly used in medical care.
The environmental partnership award honors organizations that have outstanding environmental achievements in the health care industry.
Over the last year, the hospital has not only switched all their dinnerware, silverware and cups to Earth Smart dinnerware, they now utilize renewable energy blocks which accounts for over 20 percent of their monthly total usage.
Other environmental friendly activities the hospital is involved with is a battery recycling program, a robust recycling program including donating unusable surgical supplies to the veterinary hospital at the University of Minnesota and creation of a community garden.
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence awards are presented to organizations making an exceptional effort to create a healthier environment.
Practice Greenhealth presented Environmental Excellence awards in 7 categories for their work and commitment to health care and the environment today.
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, health care systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of health care to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment.
Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector.
For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit practicegreenhealth.org.