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Metro Health Receives Award for Waste Reduction

May 15, 2007

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 15, 2007 –
Metro Health Hospital has received its second national award for its
efforts to reduce waste and prevent pollution.

Metro Health received its second consecutive H2E Partners for Change
Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment for its "remarkable
achievements in improving environmental performance." During the past
year, Metro Health:

  • Reduced its overall waste by 38 tons from 2004
  • Initiated a program to reduce its medical waste by 7.8 tons
  • Launched a program to reprocess non-invasive medical equipment
  • Implemented the use of reusable instrument containers
  • Transitioned to more environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals


"By reducing its environmental impact, Metro Health is playing a
pioneering role in health care’s shift toward protecting public
health," said Laura Brannen, executive director of H2E. "Metro Health
is creating a healthier environment for patients, staff and community
while setting an example for other hospitals to follow."

Metro Health has won several other quality awards recently, including
Solucient 100 Top Hospitals and CareScience Select Practice National
Quality Leader.

About Hospitals for a Health Environment H2E is an independent,
not-for-profit organization focused on improving health care’s
environmental performance. It was founded jointly by the American
Hospital Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care
without Harm and the American Nurses Association. For more information,
visit www.h2e-online.org.

About Metro Health Hospital
Metro Health Hospital is a 238-bed general acute care osteopathic
teaching hospital that serves more than 130,000 patients in Kent and
surrounding counties. Metro Health offers a broad range of services,
including inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery,
intensive care, rehabilitation, wellness and community education.
Metro’s work is supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation,
which is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health
and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy.

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