April 20, 2012
According to recent report made by the American Hospital Association, a healthcare facility can generate up to 25 pounds of waste per patient per day. Wesley Medical Center is helping to change those statistics by partnering with Stericycle®, a national waste stream management company utilizing its programs to recycle and reduce Wesley’s medical waste.
Wesley has just incorporated the use of an integrated service provided by Stericycle that focuses on environmental best practices, training to comply with federal and local regulations and standards, and lowering expenses by managing multiple waste streams with one provider.
The Integrated Waste Stream Solutions (IWSS) program educates employees on proper waste segregation by utilizing a single stream recycling program. Recycling bins can be found throughout the hospital where employees can discard such items as aluminum cans, cardboard, glass jars/bottles, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, paper, phone books, plastic bottles and tin/steel cans. Items that can’t be included in the recycling bins include: food waste, gloves, styrofoam and plastic bags. Recycling collects at nursing stations, staff lounges and administrative areas.
While we provide excellent care for our patients and families we also seek ways to improve the community we operate within. Wesley’s partnership with Stericycle provides an excellent opportunity to improve the environment, reduce the cost of care to our patients. We monitor the waste that we generate and reduce the risks we have as quickly as possible, stated Jim Catt, Wesley Safety Officer and Performance Improvement Coordinator.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center programs and services, visit wesleyintensivecaring.com.
Lake Forest, IL-based Stericycle® is a leader in healthcare-related services that protect people and reduce risk. With more than 552,000 customers worldwide, Stericycle has operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Japan. Visit stericycle.com.