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Mercy Mt. Shasta wins award for sustainability

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta officials said they’re proud to share that their strategies have won a national award. The hospital recently received the Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

“This award reflects a true group effort and exemplifies the Dignity Health core value of stewardship,” said Katy Chapman, chairperson of the Mercy Medical Center Green Team. “Each hospital department has established goals related to sustainability and practices that benefit the health care environment. We take great pride in our efforts and partnership with the national Practice Green Health organization.

In health care, “sustainability means looking at how the hospital’s operations affect the health and safety of our environment as well as the health of our patients, staff, visitors and local community,” said Chapman.

Strategies include introducing New Gen compostable surgery supplies, sourcing some food purchases from local sustainable companies, implemented the use of compostable paper plates and bowls made of recycled materials in the hospital’s Agape Café, and started a waste reduction system in the kitchen that diverts produce waste to a local chicken farmer and coffee grounds waste to a local worm composter.