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HMFW Wins Prestigious Environmental Leadership Award
06/11/2007

FORT WORTH, Texas — Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) received the 2007 Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) Environmental Leadership Award in May – a prize that distinguishes HMFW as a national leader in environmentally friendly health care. The honor was awarded to only one hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, only two in Texas and only eight nationwide.

HMFW also received H2E's Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award for its outstanding efforts to eliminate mercury – a potent neurotoxin and developmental toxin – from the facility wherever possible. In addition, the hospital recycled at least 25 percent of its solid waste and implemented numerous other innovative, pollution prevention programs. Efforts were led by the hospital's “Green Team,” a multidisciplinary team of employees dedicated to public and environmental health.

Since launching the initiative in 2005, HMFW has reduced its overall solid waste stream by 50 percent. It also has exceeded its overall recycling goal by recycling 41 percent of the overall waste stream; reduced energy consumption by five percent; reduced regulated medical waste generation by an average of 10 percent and eliminated 91 percent of mercury-containing devices and products from the facility. The hospital also has increased purchasing of post-consumer recycled paper products and implemented a comprehensive waste avoidance and minimization program incorporating its environmental, waste management and purchasing policies.

“We are strengthening our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by doing what we can to also strengthen the global environment,” said Lillie Biggins, HMFW's vice president of operations. “We are embracing safer building products, energy conservation, clean air and reinforcing our commitment to public health by reducing waste and hazardous chemicals. I'm so proud of our employees and their dedication to these green efforts.”

The H2E Environmental Leadership Award is one of the nation's most prestigious awards given to health care facilities for outstanding environmental performance. Recipients are distinguished by their pioneering efforts to reduce the health care industry's environmental impact. Their programs set industry standards for waste reduction and pollution prevention, according to H2E. Winners are also inducted into the H2E Environmental Leadership Circle, an honor that recognizes their environmental progress in health care.

“Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is at the forefront of the trend toward a health care system that recognizes the fundamental link between healthy people and a healthy environment,” said Andre Williams, director of environmental services at HMFW. “It has been an honor to champion H2E's efforts at Harris, helping make Harris a leader in improving health care's environmental performance.”

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call
1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/HMFW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.TexasHealth.org.

About H2E
Jointly founded by the American Hospital Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care without Harm and the American Nurses Association, H2E is an independent not-for-profit organization focused on improving health care's environmental performance. H2E envisions a health care system committed to reduced waste volume and toxicity, efficient energy and water use, clean air, safe work practices and safe buildings. To learn more, visit http://www.h2e-online.org/.

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