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June 16, 2014

Mary Immaculate wins national award

LAWRENCE — The Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center has been given a national award for its environmental initiatives.

The center earlier this month was awarded the Greenhealth Emerald Award by Practice Greenhealth, a leading health care group that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety.

The award recognizes facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.

Winning organizations are selected using Practice Greenhealth’s improved scoring and evaluation system, and are further along the path to sustainability and show leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.

Specifically, over the past year, MI has embarked on several environmental initiatives that included an organizational commitment to:

Reduced dependence on outside gas and electricity with the operation of a co-generator that provides heat and hot water for the campus

Recycling over 200 tons of trash annually

Re-lighting and re-ballasting lights throughout the facility with the goal of outfitting the entire facility with LED lighting

Instituting facility-wide composting practice that supplies local farms

Installing motion sensors in offices and rooms to regulate light use

Installing energy misers on vending machines

Installing rain sensors on irrigation system

The facilities management team is also continually researching new innovative technology designed to reduce energy consumption.

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in developing and implementing programs that protect our environment and the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Gerard J. Foley, President and CEO of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Cleveland, Ohio, June 5 at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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