Texas Health Allen Hosting Free Community Document Shredding Event to Mark Earth Day

ALLEN, 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 members of the community 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 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, where local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled. Shred-it will be stationed near the Texas Health Allen entrance.

“At Texas Health Allen we are committed to being a partner with the community,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “Having screenings and health seminars and events like this are just some of the ways we want to help improve the health and daily living for the citizens of our community.”

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 Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

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.

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