In recognition for its successful programs in reducing environmental impact,
St. John’s Medical Center again received the Partner for Change
Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability
in health care.
Partner for Change Award winners must demonstrate that they are recycling
at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical
waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful
sustainability programs in many areas.
St. John’s recycling increased 15 percent from 2016 to 2017, going
from 107.2 tons to 123 tons. The items that made up the bulk of recycling
were ordinary consumer recycling (paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic),
as well as HIPAA shredded paper, X-ray film, and cardboard. Other innovative
recycling efforts include sending clean but unusable linens to veterinarian
clinics, and reducing the amount of blue wrap (a polyester cloth that
covers sterile surgical instruments) that enters the waste stream.
“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing
mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff, and
community,” said Lisa Smith, MS, sustainability coordinator at St.
John’s. “We take pride in our sustainability programs and
the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities
The sustainability committee’s goals for 2018 include reducing operating
room waste, increasing recycling, increasing the quantity of local food
purchased by food service, growing more food on site, completing an energy
audit, and reducing ride-alone rates.
Healthcare Financial Management Association
St. John’s patient financial services team again received the
Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) 2018 Certificate of Recognition in Revenue Cycle Achievement.
HFMA Certificate of Recognition Award winners are chosen for meeting or
exceeding best practices for team development. The patient financial services
team consists of all SJMC revenue cycle functions, including patient access
and registrars, scheduling, utilization management, health information
management, business office, patient assistance, and more.
“Everything we do in patient financial services centers around our
patients, and this award is an important external recognition of our team’s
commitment to patient-centered best practices,” said James Hohl,
director of patient financial services. “Our patient financial services
team prides itself on being caring, honorable, and innovative in all of
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 739 7380, firstname.lastname@example.org
About St. John’s Medical Center
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming
health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint,
becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global
movement for environmental health and justice.
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation's premier membership organization for healthcare finance
leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations
and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges
the U.S. healthcare system faces today.