Free Community Shredding Event at Texas Health Stephenville to Mark Earth Day
04/09/2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — 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 DFW 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, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville.

A representative and truck from Shred-it will be in the parking lot on the north side of Texas Health Stephenville, located at 411 North Belknap in Stephenville. Local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled.

“At Texas Health Stephenville we are committed to being a partner with the community,” said Christopher Leu, 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 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. “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 Texas Health's corporate office tower in Arlington.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence® designation for a work environment that supports nurses.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

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