Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Healthy Environment

GRMC is a part of a growing nationwide initiative designed to help hospitals and health care centers practice “green” medicine. What does this mean? Just like at home and in other businesses and industries, we are learning more about how we live and how we practice medicine impacts the environment.

At GRMC we have organized a “Green Team” of department managers, staff members, and an intern from Grinnell College, to identify ways in which we can make an impact. We are exploring ways in which GRMC can work with other businesses and organizations to be a community leader in this effort.

This is a long-term process and I’ll continue to share more about the work we are doing. The second line of our mission statement reads, “Genuine care and compassion for the health and well-being of patients, families, and the communities we are privileged to serve.” Doing our part to create a healthy environment goes a long way to living out that mission.

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent GRMC’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my staff members who is furthering her education was doing a clinical rotation in an area hospital. She stated that any wasted IV medications were put in a ziplock baggie containing kitty litter before being disposed of. I found this to be intersting.