Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, Shred-it Offer Free Service for Residents to Securely Dispose Household Documents

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is joining with Shred-it to provide a free, environmentally-friendly document-shredding service to local communities in support of Earth Day.

Texas Health Resources hospitals in 12 North Texas communities 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 Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “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 hospitals secure and dispose of millions of paper documents each month.

A bonded representative will set up and operate a mobile shredding unit in the hospital’s parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to noon 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.

Texas Health Resources also offers online tips and information. Visit TexasHealth.org for more details. Information about the hospital can also be found on Facebook.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

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, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.