WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital recognized for its leadership in environmental sustainability

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital recognized for its leadership in environmental sustainability 

YORK, PA (July 27, 2022) – In recognition of its achievement and innovation in environmental sustainability, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon has received the 2022 Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare.
 
“WellSpan is beginning an extensive assessment to identify sustainability goals, practices and opportunities to improve the health of our communities, reduce the cost of care and improve the environment. We began our efforts at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, and this award recognizes their work to embrace sustainability as part of our vision to reimagine healthcare,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of WellSpan Health.
 
In the past year, WellSpan Good Samaritan completed a comprehensive sustainability baseline assessment and implemented environmental best practices identified including:
 
  • Reducing regulated medical waste by establishing centralized bins and reusable sharps containers.
  • Greening the operating room by moving to reusable hard cases for surgical kits, replacing disposable containers with a fluid management system, and reviewing kits annually to eliminate unnecessary supplies.
  • Maintaining use of reusable privacy curtains rather than previously used disposable versions.
“In a shifting healthcare landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” said Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth founder. “WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”
 
The Partner Recognition Award recognizes facilities that have a commitment to environmental improvements and have achieved progress in several areas of the organization.  The award is one of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards given annually to honor health care’s achievements in sustainability.
 
ABOUT WELLSPAN HEALTH
WellSpan Health’s vision is to reimagine healthcare through the delivery of comprehensive, equitable health and wellness solutions throughout our continuum of care. As an integrated delivery system focused on leading in value-based care, we encompass nearly 1,900 employed providers, 220 locations, eight award-winning hospitals, home care and a behavioral health organization serving South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. With a team 20,000 strong, WellSpan experts provide a range of services, from wellness and employer services solutions to advanced care for complex medical and behavioral conditions. Our clinically integrated network of 2,600 aligned physicians and advanced practice providers are dedicated to providing the highest quality and safety, inspiring our patients and communities to be their healthiest.
 
ABOUT PRACTICE GREENHEALTH
Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems. Learn more at practicegreenhealth.org.
Contact: Kayla Wilt
Phone: 717-851-3151
Email: KWilt4@WellSpan.org
Phone: 717-851-3151
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