Healthcare system efforts awarded
Cambridge, MA— Cambridge
Health Alliance, a regional healthcare system with hospitals in
Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett, Massachusetts, was honored
by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment with the “Partners
for Change Award” and the “Making Medicine Mercury
Free Award.” Both awards recognize Cambridge Health Alliance
for being an industry leader in recycling, waste reduction, and
the elimination of mercury.
In 2002, Cambridge Health Alliance
evaluated its waste programs and launched several new environmental
initiatives. Since then, the system has “eliminated the
use of mercury thermometers and implemented recycling at all our
sites,” noted chief operating officer Bruce Solomon.
It has also reduced the amount
of cardboard and mixed paper used each year by about 72,000 pounds
and the amount of regulated medical waste by about 16,000 pounds.
It is estimated that Cambridge
Health Alliance’s new environmental management system results
in a savings of more than 600 trees, 3 million gallons of water,
and 1,500 cubic feet of landfill each year.