Southampton Hospital has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce the impact the hospital has on the environment.
According to a statement from Southampton Hospital, the hospital gained the recognition as part of the US Environmental Protection Agency's most recent Environmental Assessment report.
In the report, it was noted that Southampton Hospital reduced its carbon footprint by 95 percent in the last 6 months.
The total, MTCO2e reduction is now at 4,243 tons (the equivalent to reducing emissions from 23 railcars worth of coal), saving the hospital $95,000.
In addition, Southampton Hospital was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award from Sterilmed Inc., a Minnesota-based health care cost containment company and leading reprocessor of single-use medical devices.
Reprocessing, the hospital said, is proven to not only decrease the magnitude of waste sent to landfills, but also reduce the cost of providing safe and effective medical devices to patients. By participating in the program, the hospital is saving $80,000 annually.
The hospital said that the awards are a result of a program created by administration two years ago, called the “Green Team.”
The "Green Team" has a goal to work toward reducing the environmental impact across its numerous departments within the hospital.
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