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May 28, 2008 > Kaiser Fremont receives national award for environmental achievement

Kaiser Fremont receives national award for environmental achievement

Honor Reflects Commitment to Creating a Healthier Environment for Patients and Staff

Submitted By Johnny Ng

The Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center has just received a national green award for its commitment to reducing waste and pollution as well as initiating a variety of recycling programs. The Fremont Medical Center, as well as all Kaiser Permanente facilities, is virtually mercury-free. It has also implemented programs to recycle fluorescent lamps and a battery collection program at all departments and nursing stations. As an example, a recycling program initiated in 2007 in the Fremont hospital operation, has already resulted in a reduction of 2,501 pounds of waste.

The Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center was honored with a Partner for Change Award on May 23 at this year's Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. The Partner for Change Award recognizes those facilities that are helping to create healthy, healing environments and are committed to eliminating mercury, and reducing waste and pollution.

This prestigious award is given to health care facilities that have successful pollution prevention programs, recycle at least 10 percent of their solid waste, are working toward total mercury elimination, and have several successful programs underway.

"We have developed new policies to reduce our environmental impact and we are continually monitoring our progress to improve our performance," said Wade Nogy, chief operating officer for the Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center. "Receiving this award is confirmation that we are on the right track."

For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

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