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Free Community Shredding Event at Texas Health Dallas to Mark Earth Day
04/11/2013

DALLAS — In 2012, Texas Health Resources shredded and recycled more than 693,000 reams of paper — enough to save almost 30,000 trees and more than 5,000 cubic yards of landfill, almost doubling the system’s totals from 2011. Texas Health is now inviting all members of the Dallas-Fort Worth community to join in by shredding and recycling their own paper at the free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 at 13 Texas Health Resources facilities across the Metroplex.

A representative and truck from Shred-it will be outside each of the 13 facilities. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled.

One of those locations will be at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Shred-it will be stationed on the west side of the support services building, near the emergency room entrance.

“We all have an important role to play in sustaining the quality of our environment and I look forward to seeing the residents of our community make a difference,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas. Shredding and recycling paper is one of many ways that Texas Health, which has been nationally recognized for its environmental programs, is committed to sustainability. Other initiatives within the Texas Health system include going paperless with paychecks, benefits handbooks and other personnel items; recycling cell phones and athletic shoes; implementing energy-reduction measures; participating in prescription drug take-back events; and safely recycling various chemicals used in lab tests.

“We’re pursuing a number of green programs throughout our health system, and all are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We’re happy to take a sustainability leadership role in the communities we serve and to extend an invitation to participate in our Earth Day ShredFest. Ultimately, the environment is the responsibility of all of us.”

According to security experts, shredding documents that contain personal information is an important step in preventing identify theft.

At the Earth Day ShredFest, most paper items — including confidential documents, notebooks, binders and brochures — can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.

Additionally, items such as CDs, DVDs, USB drives, hard drives and video/audio tape can only be accepted at the corporate office tower in Arlington.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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