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Texas Health Fort Worth Earns Environmental Leadership Award
06/17/2009

FORT WORTH, Texas — For the third year in a row, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth received the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Award. The prize distinguishes Texas Health Fort Worth as a national leader in environmentally friendly health care. The hospital was the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to receive the honor.

Texas Health Fort Worth also received The Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award in 2007 for its outstanding efforts to eliminate mercury — a potent neurotoxin and developmental toxin — wherever possible. Ongoing efforts continue to be virtually mercury-free by conducting ongoing audits to identify and replace mercury containing devices with non-mercury devices. Since the program’s inception, the hospital has eliminated 91 percent of mercury-containing devices and products from the facility.

Texas Health Fort Worth sustained best practices by continuing to decrease the amount of waste produced by the organization each year. The implementation of pollution prevention programs throughout the hospital have contributed to the prestigious achievement. In addition, efforts led by the hospital’s “Green Team”, a multidisciplinary team of employees dedicated to public and environmental health, have been instrumental in the overall success of increases in recycling as well as energy consumption.

“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, Texas Health Fort Worth vice president of operations. “We are embracing safer building products, energy conservation, and 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 a cleaner environment.”

The 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 award criteria.

Winners are also inducted into the Environmental Leadership Circle, an honor that recognizes their environmental progress and sustained best practices in Environmental Leadership for healthcare.

“Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth 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 Texas Health Fort Worth. “It has been an honor to champion environmental efforts at Texas Health Fort Worth, making us a leader in improving healthcare’s environmental performance.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 724-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

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. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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