‘Green’ Practices Earn National Recognition for Texas Health Arlington Memorial
06/01/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas —Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has earned two national awards for programs that reduce its environmental footprint.

Practice Greenhealth, a national membership association devoted to environmentally responsible health care, recognized the hospital with the Partner for Change award and the Making Medicine Mercury-Free award at its annual conference for health care’s environmental leaders.

“Our green efforts go hand-in-hand with our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Kirk King, FACHE, the hospital’s president. “We are reinforcing our commitment to public health by reducing waste and hazardous chemicals and making a cleaner environment for future generations. I am so proud of our employees and their dedication to these efforts.”

The Partner for Change award recognizes health care institutions with outstanding programs for mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention. Facilities must recycle 10 percent of their total waste to qualify.

The Making Medicine Mercury-Free award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their campuses. Since the hospital launched its first recycling program in June 2008, recycling has increased by 56 tons and solid waste has decreased by almost 200 tons.

Paula Cantu, the hospital’s director of nutrition services, organizes donations of food waste compost to the University of Texas at Arlington for landscaping. As a result, waste pickup is less frequent and the hospital has reduced costs, said Edward Flores, the hospital’s director of environmental services.

“Our green initiatives not only contribute to a cleaner environment, but also help our facility become more cost-efficient,” Flores said. “We’re honored to be recognized for these programs.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.