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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on May 28, 2003

Press Release

Washington Adventist Joins Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Hospital Continues Commitment to Environmentally Friendly Practices

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital has signed a partnership agreement with the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program as part of the hospital's ongoing commitment to environmentally friendly practices such as reduction of mercury, recycling and other measures.

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) is a joint program between the American Hospital Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm and the American Nurses Association that provides support, assistance and resources to hospitals and other health care organizations across the country who have committed to reducing the environmental impact of the health care sector.

"We commend Washington Adventist Hospital for formalizing its commitment to environmentally friendly health care practices," said Cecelia DeLoach, State Partnership Program Director with Hospitals for a Healthy Environment. "We need more hospitals to join Washington Adventist Hospital and H2E in creating a safer, healthier environment for employees, patients and the community."

Partners in the H2E program commit to, among other things:

  • Work toward the elimination of mercury from the waste stream by 2005.
  • Reduce waste generated by the facility and help meet the H2E total waste volume reduction of 50 percent by 2010.
  • Minimize persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals.
  • Implement programs and policies that will protect the environment, improve worker safety, reduce pollution and advance community health.

"Over the past three years we have worked diligently to reduce mercury waste and replace pressure monitors with non-mercury devices," said Ken Bauer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We also have improved our recycling program and have worked to reduce the overall volume of waste from the hospital. Joining Hospitals for a Healthy Environment is part of our ongoing commitment to care for the environment."

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 322-bed hospital that offers a variety of health care services for the community including cardiology and open-heart surgery, maternity care, mental health services, oncology and emergency medical care, among other services. The hospital employs approximately 1,700 health care professionals and is part of the Adventist HealthCare network of services.

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