Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Shred-it Offer Free Service for Residents to Securely Dispose of Household Documents
04/20/2011

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is joining with Shred-it to provide a free, environmentally-friendly document-shredding service to local communities in support of Earth Day. Texas Health Dallas will host the “shredding event” on Saturday, April 23, the day after Earth Day, to enable local residents to dispose of household documents in a secure manner and, at the same time, recycle 100 percent of the shredded paper.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas. “Enhancing the quality of our environment is an important part of improving health. This event is one example of the many 'green' programs we’re pursuing across our health system that are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment. By securely shredding documents, we can recycle thousands of tons of material each year that would otherwise go to landfills.”

According to security experts, shredding household documents that contain personal information is one of the steps people can take to prevent identify theft. Texas Health Dallas secures and disposes of millions of paper documents each month.

A bonded representative will set up and operate a mobile shredding unit in the hospitals’ parking lots from 9 a.m. to noon on April 23. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper documents per household to be securely shredded and recycled. Metal clips and staples do not need to be removed, but cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted.

For maps and directions, visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. 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.