Tampa General Hospital Nationally Recognized For Being "Green"

Published: Jun 16, 2014
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June 16, 2014 (Tampa, FL) -- Tampa General is the only Hillsborough County hospital nationally recognized for its comprehensive environmental program. TGH earned the 2014 Partner for Change Award for the third straight year from the Practice Greenhealth organization. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading healthcare organization that empowers its members to increase efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices, and knowledge. The award recognizes healthcare facilities throughout the nation that have established sustainability programs. Just 11 hospitals in Florida earned the award this year. “This was given to us for our robust sustainability efforts throughout the hospital,” said Paul Harvey, director of Hospitality Services, who also serves as the hospital’s sustainability initiatives coordinator. More than 20 percent of the hospital’s entire waste stream – including bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, lead aprons used in radiology, and old medical equipment – is recycled.

John Scolaro, director of Environmental Services and Patient Transport, left; Lisa Manis, surgical education specialist, and Paul Harvey, director of Hospitality Services and the hospital’s sustainability initiatives coordinator, developed Tampa General’s comprehensive sustainability program.