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Free Document Shredding Available on April 21 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
04/09/2012

DENTON, Texas — In 2011, Texas Health Resources shredded and recycled more than 3.5 million pounds of paper — enough to save almost 16,000 trees and nearly 2,700 cubic yards of landfill. Now, Texas Health is inviting all North Texas community members to join in by shredding and recycling their own paper at the free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 at 13 Texas Health Resources facilities.

A representative and truck from Shred-it will be outside each facility, where 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 Texas Health Denton, where Shred-it will be stationed at the front of the main hospital building.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “Enhancing the quality of our environment is an important part of improving health.”

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 Texas Health initiatives include recycling cell phones and athletic shoes, implementation of energy-reduction measures, and safely recycling various chemicals used in lab tests. Information on these and other programs will be on display at Texas Health’s booth at the Earth Day Dallas festival, April 21-22 in Fair Park.

“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. “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.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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 24 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, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, 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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