Southampton Hospital recently was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its ongoing effort to reduce the impact the hospital has on the environment.
Its most recent Environmental Assessment Report noted that the hospital reduced its carbon footprint by 95 percent over the course of the last six months. According to the results of the report, the hospital’s total MTCO2e reduction is now at 4,243 tons—the equivalent of reducing emissions from 23 railcars worth of coal—for savings of $95,000 to the hospital.
The positive results of the report are due in part to the efforts of the “Green Team” put in place by Southampton Hospital administrators approximately two years ago. The team is designed to address environmental concerns with a goal of reducing the environmental impact at the hospital.
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 is proven not only to decrease the magnitude of waste sent to landfills but also to reduce the cost of providing safe and effective medical devices to patients.
Sterilmed honors top facilities and systems nationwide. Southampton Hospital has been recognized as a Best Practice facility for its superior accomplishments in reducing environmental impact and improving overall health care sustainability, as well as saving the hospital in excess of $80,000 annually.