A healthy human greatly depends on a healthy environment.
St. John’s Medical Center is committed to protecting and preserving
the environment by promoting cost-effective business practices consistent
with the following principles:
- We will meet or exceed all environmental laws and regulations
- We support and encourage recycling of the materials used within the hospital
- We minimize waste and ensure that contaminated waste is disposed of in
a safe and responsible manner
- We encourage the use of alternate transportation through financial and
- We purchase products that contain recyclable or reusable materials whenever possible
- We practice water conservation and energy efficiency
- We use environmentally friendly cleaning products whenever possible
- We strive to eliminate the emissions of toxins or dangerous substances
into the air, water, or earth
- We participate with organizations, businesses, and the public to encourage
environmentally responsible practices within our community and state.
2019 Practice Green Health Goals
Food Composting: Start a food composting program including kitchen staff education to increase
our recycling rate 4% by diverting 18 tons of food waste from the landfill.
Energy: Complete our energy audit and initiate an energy project based on the
results of the audit with the goal of reducing our energy usage by 5%
in the calendar year.
OR Goal: The OR has 5 goals relating to energy consumption, waste disposal and
recycling, and pharmaceutical waste.
C & D Goal: We will strive for 80% diversion on the demolition of 1-2 buildings and
on the upcoming construction of a new Long Term Care facility.
Transportation: Continue our transportation staff incentive, track transportation trends
with staff and work with local entities to solve transportation challenges.
Goals accomplished in 2018:
Food: Increased our percent spent on sustainable foods 2% for calendar year
2018. Increased our on-site grown produce by 50 pounds.
Transportation: Reduced our drive alone rate by 8% between the months of May and September
2018 by using a sampling survey before and after the targeted timeframe.
Employees were encouraged with a per day payout for using alternative
transportation. SJMC received national recognition for this innovative program.
Energy: We started a comprehensive Energy audit in 2018 so that energy improvement
efforts can be quantified.
Recycling: Created a recycling team of more than 20 employees from more than 10 different
departments and created a reward system to incentivize participation.
Operating Rooms: Decreased our disposable blue wrap purchases by 7% in calendar year 2018
by providing employee education and purchasing trays to decrease use of wrap.