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St. Patrick Hospital

Year Submitted: 2010

Process: Maintenance

Industry: Medical Facility

Wastes Reduced: Energy

Location: Missoula MT

Contact: Beth Schenk

Phone: (406) 329-2730


Green for Good Program for Environmental Sustainability at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. The St. Patrick Hospital campus began a concentrated effort to increase sustainability in all aspects of operation.

P2 Application:

Under energy management changes, all 32 watt fluorescent light bulbs were switched to 28 watt, a new high-efficiency and low emission generator was installed, and employees were rewarded for commuting sustainably through reduced rate bus passes and Downtown Dollars for carpoolers. In the waste management department, a goal of 10% of total waste recycled was set. Leftover food was composted for pig slop, and recycling was available campus-wide through the purchase of 28 new recycling containers. Each employee, volunteer, and medical staff member received a stainless steel water bottle to discourage the use of plastic disposable bottles. Employee engagement was achieved through a bi-weekly Green Corner in the employee newsletter and an extensive educational Green 4 Good website on the hospital intranet.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

Program Budget: Minimal funds for recycling fees and other expenses are diverted from the Mission Leadership budget. Barriers encountered: It took a large effort to change the behaviors of 1600 staff members, 250 physicians and 250 volunteers. Additionally, health care issues are complex and it was often difficult to decide which measures will provide the most value in terms of environmental protection, cost, ability to engage staff, and clinical reliability. Program Strengths: The program is comprehensive, broad, and involves most of the staff. Goals are set and included in the 3-year strategic plan. The hospital is involved in the community and has shared the successes and ideas of the Green 4 Good program in several public forums. Suggestions: More attention should be focused on energy use in healthcare in terms of conservation and education, both locally and nationally. Pharmaceutical disposal is a big issue that St. Patrick's is working on, and revised regulations would help with the complications. The hospital intends to focus more on toxin reduction in cleaning supplies, anesthesia gases, and mercury products. In addition, the hospital would like to obtain more local foods.

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