Friday, November 19, 2010

LifeBridge Health Honored as Environmental Trailblazer

LifeBridge Health was one of four hospitals to receive a Trailblazer Award from Maryland Hospitals for a Health Environment yesterday at the University of Maryland. MD H2E is a program that promotes sustainability in the state's health care sector.

LifeBridge Health received the award for its success with the LED Light Replacement Project. This project involves replacing 9,200 lamps in non-patient care areas at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and LifeBridge Health & Fitness. The replacements will result in a savings of $132,452.95 in electrical costs per year and $662,264.75 over the lifetime of the LED bulbs.

Additionally, LifeBridge Health is the only health system in the region that is composting at all of its facilities, using “final compost product” for landscaping needs at system facilities. Finally, LifeBridge Health has a system-wide regulated medical waste separation and reduction program that reduced red bag waste by more than 50 percent since 2002.

The other winners were Anne Arundel Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center and Franklin Square Hospital Center.

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